dream home gutted

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

A Mpumalanga primary school teacher got a shock of her life after discovering that a fire had destroyed her five-roomed house, causing more than R1million worth of damage yesterday morning.

Florence Khoza, 45, of 13 Sondersorg Street at Kingsview in White River, is a teacher at Gutjwa Primary School at KaBokweni near White River.

She told Sowetan that she was at school when she received an SMS saying she had to call her neighbour urgently.

The neighbour asked her to return home as soon as possible as there was an emergency.

"I immediately rushed home and got a shock of my life to find my house had been destroyed by fire. I nearly collapsed from the shock and cried like a baby," said the tearful Khoza yesterday.

She said the neighbours told her that the house had caught fire at about 2am while her two children were sleeping.

"I had spent the night at a friend's home in KaBokweni and my sons were sleeping in the house. Nobody seems to know what really caused the fire.

"I don't even know if someone torched it or whether it was some other cause," said Khoza.

She said she did not have any enemies that she knew of but could not rule out the possibility.

She said it seemed the fire had started in her own bedroom, judging by the extent of the damage there.

Khoza, a mother of four, is a divorcee who separated from her husband in 2004.

Her two children, McDonald, 21, and Victor, 12, who were in the house when it caught fire, escaped the blaze.

Neighbours took them in for the night.

Khoza's other two children, Sammy and Johnny, are studying in Johannesburg and Nelspruit respectively.

She toldSowetan that the house was insured.

Mpumalanga police spokesman, Superintendent Abie Khoabane, said police were investigating the cause of the fire.

Khoza said she was concerned that trouble seemed to be following her.

In March last year she was involved in a collision with a car whose driver was travelling on the wrong side of the road in White River.