Original story: 7/14/16
The Lakehaven Children’s home in Durban, South Africa caught fire overnight. Seven children and one adult died as a result of the orphanage blaze. The ages of the victims are 21, 17 (2 children), 16, 10, & 8 (3 children). Another child alerted the childcare worker to the fire. A total of 18 children were in the home at the time. Police and fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze. Source: Times Live: Eight die in blaze at children’s home
Police are still investigating the cause of the fire. Survivors were treated for cuts and smoke inhalation and have been provided psychological help. Source: eNCA: Police probing cause of deadly orphanage fire
Update: 9/07/16: Fundraiser held
The popular group, Dukes Combo, held two shows in Durban and donated 25% of the proceeds from one of the shows to the orphanage. The group often raises funds for those in need and for disadvantaged students to study music. Source: Rising Sun Overport: Lakehaven gets a helping hand from the Dukes
Update: 12/19/16: Victims returned to families
The bodies of six of the eight children who died in a fire at the Lakehaven Child and Youth Care Centre earlier this year have finally been returned to their families.
Irene Okoye, manager at Child Welfare Durban and District, said the bodies of the other two children would be buried by the home, as they were orphans.
For the family of Fikisani Chala, the return of the body of the eight-year-old would help bring them closure.
Chala’s older brother, Vumani, said he was “Relieved” that he was able to collect his brother’s body and would finally be able to lay him to rest.
Vumani, 28, said he received a call last week from the home updating themabout progress.
After receiving the call, he went to the Phoenix mortuary where Fikisani’s body was being stored.
He said Fikisani’s body was currently being kept in Umbilo where it will stay until he is transported back home to Harding.
Vumani said the family had provisionally set a date of December 27 for the funeral.
A long wait followed for the families as investigators looked into the cause of the fire, and during which a process of identification of the bodies was conducted. Source: IOL News: Bodies of Lakehaven fire victims finally returned to families