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Woman dies in fire

“I tried to get her out of the house with my bare hands but the fire was everywhere,” said Simon Levi (53), explaining how he tried saving his wife Bridget Ndawalo from an inferno, but couldn’t.

Levi recalls the events of the fateful morning of 9 May, when his wife burnt to death in their shack on Suikerbossie Farm in Chatsworth.

“I was at work on the farm when one of my fellow workers ran to me and told me that my house was on fire,” he recalled.

“I immediately ran to our house, but when I got there all I could see and hear were the flames and Bridget’s screams.”

Levi said that he tried opening the door, but the handle was so hot it burnt his hand. He then tried prying the zinc plates apart, but they too were on fire.

Levi says that with the help of other workers he tried to douse the flames with buckets of water, but nothing helped.

“I listened as Bridget’s screams faded and our house crumbled to the ground.”

He says there was nothing anyone could do.

When the Gazette arrived on the scene the fire had been doused, but Ndwalo’s remains were still amid what was left of their house.

“I don’t know how the fire started,” her husband said.

The couple had moved to Chatsworth from Malawi in 2008, and had been living and working on Suikerbossie Farm since 2009.

Levi said he lost everything in the fire, and Bridget’s loss is the saddest. The had three children.

The fire’s cause is being investigated.

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