Hero cops pull kids from burning house
Jeff Wicks, News24
Durban - Two police officers have been lauded as heroes after saving two children from a burning building in Ladysmith last week.
Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said that the officers, attached to the region’s Crime Intelligence Unit, had been driving in Ladysmith when they noticed a vacant lot had caught fire.
They braved the smoke-filled rooms of a house - the fire fuelled by gale force winds.
“Warrant Officer Shamila Maharaj and Sergeant Mariaan Warmenhoven spotted a fire and as they turned the car around to investigate the origin, the flames engulfed an outbuilding on the vacant premises,” he said.
“Inside the house, the two members heard children screaming hysterically. They rushed into the house and found that it was already filled with smoke.”
“The two grabbed hold of four children aged between 3 and 8 years and bundled them out of the house. They placed the children out of harm’s way and then contacted the fire department,” he said.
Zwane added that the fire department arrived shortly thereafter and the flames were extinguished.
“The outbuilding of the vacant premises, some washing and the yard of the neighbouring house suffered fire damage. No one was injured. Without the quick intervention by the police members, the outcome may have been very different.”