Macassar residents rescues family including a baby from a burning house

Macassar residents rescued a family and their baby from a burning house on Thursday morning.

According to reports, eleven teachers and staff of the False Bay Primary School and various community members rushed towards a burning house to help extinguish the blaze.

The teachers and staff managed to grab 14 fire extinguishers from the school and assisted by controlling the fire while waiting for the City of Cape Town Fire Services (fire services) to arrive. Neighbours also jumped in and made use of a garden house in an attempt to douse the fire. The teachers, staff and community members who all assisted managed to enter the building and evacuate a family and their little baby from the burning house.

Local ward councillor, Peter Helfrich, praised local heroes and thanked them for their bravery

‘’I would like to thank the fire services and the City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management for their speedy response to this incident, but even more so, I thank each and every staff member, teacher and member of the community who risked their lives this (Thursday) morning to help keep this fire under control and evacuate the family from the burning home.’’

‘’You do not see the type of bravery and selflessness that was displayed at this scene every day. I have so much respect for each and every one of you. You make me proud to be a member of this community,’’ added Helfrich.

PICTURE SUPPLIED: Councillor Peter Helfrich (in shorts), with Macassar residents at False Bay Primary School


Done by: Mitchum George