Three family members die in shack fire at Swakopmund

Three family members die in shack fire at Swakopmund
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A woman, her daughter and grandchild lost their lives after their shack in Swakopmund's DRC informal settlement was gutted by fire Sunday night.
The Namibian Police Force’s Erongo Region Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu in a crime report on Monday said the fire broke out in the shack while the six family members who lived there were asleep.
The fire allegedly started in the children’s room, where it is believed a candle was left burning when they fell asleep.
The deceased include 42-year-old homeowner Hileni Shimpanda who died after she went back into the shack to try and rescue her daughter identified as four-year-old Pomwene Shimpanda and grandchild seven-year-old Helena David.
The deceased’s two daughters and another grandchild managed to escape the fire unharmed.
All their property was destroyed in the fire.
In a separate incident at the same informal settlement, a municipal fire brigade truck was vandalised by members of the community after they reportedly took too long to attend to a fire which broke out during the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to Iikuyu, three families lost all their belongings after their shacks burnt to the ground around 03h00.
The cause of the fire, which started in one of the shacks, is not yet known.
She is reported to have sustained minor burn wounds on the left arm and was taken to the Swakopmund State Hospital for treatment.
No other injuries were reported during the commotion and no arrests have been made.
Police investigations are ongoing in both fire incidents.
The incidents took place a week after another fire gutted more than 100 shacks at Walvis Bay’s Twaloloka informal settlement.