Fire officers were called out on Thursday afternoon as a blaze ripped through a two-storey Caneview Avenue, South Ruimveldt house.
The quick response and work of the Fire Service resulted in the blaze being contained to the one building. Nearby houses were only partly scorched and the bottom flat of the house was saved.
It was just around 1:00pm that an alarm was raised over the Fire. The Fire Service responded with a number of fire tenders and quickly doused the blaze.
Deputy Fire Chief, Compton Sparman, told reporters that based on initial investigations, the fire started in the top flat of the building.
It was revealed that a young child was in the top flat of the building alone when the fire started. The child’s grandmother was in the bottom flat and the child ran downstairs to the grandmother as the fire quickly spread through the house.
They both managed to escape without injuries but other family members have been left counting their losses.
An investigation has been launched. Just last evening, a fire in Princes Street, gutted two houses and left 11 persons homeless. The cause of that fire is still to be determined.