Children’s Home Up In Flames

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Hlokomelo Mabogale |

The Limpopo Department of Social Development is currently busy assessing the extent of the damage caused by a fire that gutted one of the houses at the Irish Children’s Home in Giyani last night.

The employees at the Child and Youth Care Centre managed to rescue 15 children that called the centre their home. No injuries or fatalities have been reported.

This made the department’s MEC Nkakareng Rakgoale commend the employees at the centre for their swift reaction.

“We would like to take this opportunity to commend the child and youth care workers for having managed to evacuate all the 15 children who were the occupants of the five-bedroomed house. Our social workers are providing psychosocial support and all the necessary support for the children who witnessed this incident.”

Rakgoale further said the infrastructure unit, which will this morning start conducting an assessment, will be able to determine the extent of the damage caused to the infrastructure.

The affected children will not sleep on the streets, this, she said “the incident will not affect the normal running of the centre as there are enough beds to accommodate those who have been affected”. The provincial police’s forensic investigations will assist in establishing the cause of the fire.

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