Fire breaks out in retired archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home



The home of retired Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu was torched by fire in Hermanus in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The cause of the fire outbreak is not known but residents attention was drawn to the smoke from the retired archbishop’s home.

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation announced the news of the blaze in a statement on Wednesday.

“Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Mrs Leah Tutu have extended their love and gratitude to staff at their retirement village and members of the local fire department after a fire damaged the living area of their cottage in Hermanus,” the statement read.

“The couple did not sustain any injuries and were in good spirits considering events that unfolded around daybreak today,” the statement continued.

Facebook uses residing close to the retirement village expressed shock and concern after seeing smokes overwhelming the village.

The cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed but it is suspected to be triggered by a faulty gas heater in the village.


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