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"It all happened so quickly we ran out with the clothes on our back" #KnysnaFire

Knysna Heights resident Carol describes how her family fled with nothing and returned to find their home burnt to the ground.

All the houses in my road were completely flattened. People I've known for years, we've all lost our homes. And I don't think the impact has quite hit us yet. We're still in shock.

Carol, Knysna Heights resident

She says it was all so unexpected.

It happened so quickly that most of us, including myself, literally just ran out of the house with animals and clothes on our backs.

Carol, Knysna Heights resident

She says they thought the fire was devastating, but far away, and would not reach them.

Then a neighbour drove by and I went out to say hi to him and he said'you better start packing up.'

Carol, Knysna Heights resident

She says it didn't make sense but she slowly started getting passports, sleeping bags and toiletries together.

And then it was literally half an hour later that I saw my neighbour's house was on fire. And we grabbed animals and threw them in the car.

Carol, Knysna Heights resident

She says families opened their homes to them.

Listen to the rest of Carol's heartbreaking story below:

These are photographs of carol's home after the fire:

These are photographs of carol's home before the fire:

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