The home’s director in Khayelitsha, Yondela Nyongo, said the children were left traumatised after waking up to smoke and flames.
“Someone was trying to break in in the early hours and they probably couldn’t see so they lit a candle and they dropped it on the floor. The fire started in the shack at the back and spread to the house where the children sleep.”
She said the robbers were probably after some metal pieces that were kept in the shack to sell for scraps.
“This is not the first time something like this happened. In 2007 we went through something similar and we lost four kids as a result of that fire, so this is very traumatic for the kids to go through the same thing.”