Locals recount deadly shack fire

Distraught relatives say the gutted shacks and charred belongings have been a constant reminder.

The remains of a Lotus River shack after a family of five were killed in a fire on Monday 10 February 2014. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Three days after the tragic fire which claimed the lives of five people, some Lotus River residents say they still cannot believe what happened.

On Monday morning, a 13-year-old boy, his parents, older sister and two-year-old nephew were killed after a fire broke out in the area.

The blaze swept through their backyard shacks and all their possessions were destroyed in the fire.

Distraught relatives say the gutted shacks and charred belongings have been a constant reminder of the tragedy.

Neighbour Imraan Davids, who tried to save the family in vain, says he will always remember them screaming for help.

"I couldn't save them because the fire had engulfed the shack. It was terrible."

Two memorial services will be held in Lotus River on Thursday.

The family will be laid to rest on Saturday.