Family of nine lose their home in fire at Rundu

03 Jan 2019 10:40am
RUNDU, 03 JAN (NAMPA) – A caravan which was home to a family of nine people was completely destroyed in a fire at Rundu on Tuesday.
Although the family members are safe, they lost all of their belongings.
When Nampa visited their home in the Tutungeni residential area on Wednesday, they were all seated under a big tree next to the gutted caravan.
The owner of the caravan, Renate Ngonga who is employed as a plumber at the Ministry of Works and Transport, said she is devastated as all of the family’s belongings accumulated over the years have been lost.
“It feels like our hard work all along has been in vain. Everything was destroyed, we could not even save a spoon,” she added.
Her daughter, Maria Nkhotoko said she does not know what caused the fire, but remembers that it started in the lounge area around 13h00.
“Everything happened so fast… We had to find our way out first in order to save our lives,” she said.
The family made extra money during the festive season by selling liquor and meat in town, but all of this money was lost in the fire too.
Ngonga said her husband and herself have now moved to his garage at Sauyemwa, whilst the children were taken in by relatives and neighbours.
She said the fire department responded an hour after the fire broke out, but by that time the caravan had been reduced to ashes.