Last week, the informal settlement of Factreton turned into a scene of devastation as flames destroyed 18 informal structures along 18th Avenue. The aftermath of the fire left 50 people homeless, and one person injured. The community, who have lived there for 20 years, is heartbroken and with no access to running water, there was nothing they could do but watch as their homes and belongings were swallowed up by the flames.
Eyewitnesses reported how fast the fire spread, turning their homes into burned wood and warped metal. The residents, already facing challenges like the lack of running water, were helpless as they watched their homes and possessions get swallowed up by the flames.
Inspector Jeffrey Mfini, who was called to the scene witnessed the sad remains of dogs who had no means of escape. Among the survivors was Rex, a dog rescued from the blaze and given refuge at the local SPCA while his owner worked to rebuild a home.
But even with this devastation hope was restored by young heroes who rescued the lives of two stranded little kittens. In a display of bravery, they scooped up the kittens and placed them in a dustbin 20 meters from the scene to protect them against the flames and the smoke that threatened their lives.
The compassion and display of resilience inspire us even in these devastating moments and this serves as a beacon of hope.
Contrary to popular belief, our work is not Government funded. In fact, its the collective love and support of animal loving hearts like yours that keep our doors open.
And it’s because of you that we never lose hope!