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Section of safe haven gutted

Repairs are underway at House of Magda in Avonwood after a fire gutted a section of the home on Tuesday 18 February.

The home is a safe haven for homeless and mentally disabled people.

It forms part of the Tehillah Community Collaborative which is run by Sister Magda Kleyn.

TygerBurger visited the home on Thursday 20 February.

Deputy CEO of Tehillah, Cole Davids said the fire broke out around 01:00 and 02:00.

“We are grateful that there were no injuries. Residents and staff at the home assisted frail patients over to the head office at Tehillah. We suspect arson, but we also can’t speculate too much.

“More than 60 people were left displaced and the estimated cost of damages is R1m.

“This is very sad for us because these people came from the street, they were able to collect a few valuables and now they’ve lost it all,” said Davids.

Jermaine Carelse, spokesperson for the City’s fire service, said the cause of the fire remains unknown.

“Everyone was evacuated and no injuries were reported.”

To assist with donations, call Tehillah Community Collaborative on 021 933 0990.

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