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Elderly Man Dies In Heroic Attempt To Save Wife From Devastating Fire

The fire broke out suddenly at the back of the Minnies' family home on Wednesday while Carl and his wife, Rita, 74, were at home with their grandchildren

Last week, the community of Manenberg was devastated by a tragic fire that claimed the life of an elderly man. Carl Minnies, 79, heroically rushed into the flames to save his wife, but sadly, he did not make it out alive.

The Minnies family is now left to grieve and pick up the pieces, forever impacted by the loss during what should have been a joyous Easter weekend.

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A Heartbreaking Incident

The fire broke out suddenly at the back of the Minnies’ family home on Wednesday while Carl and his wife, Rita, 74, were at home with their grandchildren. Panic spread as neighbors gathered to provide assistance, but in the chaos, Carl ran back inside, thinking his wife was still inside. Tragically, he collapsed in the lounge, unaware that Rita had already made it to safety.

A Devoted Husband and Pillar of the Family

Carl and Rita had been married for 55 years and had built a loving family together. Their four children, 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren are now left mourning the loss of a man who would have done anything for his wife.

Elderly Man Dies In Heroic Attempt To Save Wife From Devastating Fire-SurgeZirc SA
Elderly Man Dies In Heroic Attempt To Save Wife From Devastating Fire

A neighbour bravely rescued Carl from the flames and rushed him to the hospital, but he succumbed to the smoke he had inhaled.

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The Minnies family is now faced with the daunting task of rebuilding their home, as it was extensively damaged in the fire. They are reaching out for help and any assistance would be greatly appreciated to support their grandmother, who has lost everything she owned.

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This devastating incident serves as a reminder of the importance of fire safety and the need for communities to come together to support those affected by such tragedies.

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Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo is a skilled journalist who writes local and world news for SurgeZirc South Africa. With a passion for delivering accurate and reliable information, Parusha has become a trusted voice in the news industry. With years of experience in the field, Parusha has developed a keen eye for identifying important stories and presenting them in a clear and concise manner.
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