Woman dies in hut-fire at Aussenkehr

KEETMANSHOOP: A 43-year old Namibian woman lost her life around 20h00 on Saturday night when her reed hut at Aussenkehr caught fire.

The victim was identified as Faustina Kutjira Ghumwanghadhi, a worker at the southern grape farm.

Namibian Police spokesman for the //Karas region, deputy commissioner Rudolf Isaak said the incident was caused by a burning candle.

Ghumwanghadhi, originally from the Kavango region, was alone in the hut when the fire broke out.

“We suspect that she may have fallen asleep,” Isaak said.

Aussenkehr is home to several thousand workers employed by various grape companies. The total population of Aussenkehr during harvesting time is estimated to be approximately 35 000. These include the families of the grape farm workers and other residents of the farm.

The vast majority of the workers live in huts made of reed, with no toilets or running water.

The fire on Saturday did not affect other huts in the vicinity.

The victim’s next of kin has been informed of her death.