Fire-fighting hero’s death still a mystery

Candice Kruger

The fire-fighting hero who died while battling a blaze on Table Mountain last week, was a resident of Capricorn Park, Muizenberg.

Candice Kruger, 33, known as Ashley to her friends, is survived by her wife Kelly Kruger.

JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security said the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service was saddened by death of Ms Kruger who died in hospital on Sunday January 28 after collapsing on the fire line, on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. She received medical attention at the scene, but efforts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.

The cause of her death has not yet
been established and reports of her having had a heart attack have not been con-

“On behalf of the Fire and Rescue Service and the City of Cape Town, I extend my deepest condolences to Kruger’s family and friends,” Mr Smith said.

Ms Kruger had been stationed at Roeland Street Fire Station, where she had completed nine years of service.

The City has offered to assist the Kruger family with funeral arrangements and will also offer trauma counselling to her relatives and Platoon colleagues. The Fire and Rescue Service will also offer the family a full brigade funeral, as Ms Kruger had died while serving in the line of duty.

Mandy Willemse wrote on Facebook: “Candice Kruger: A hero lost but will never be forgotten, my heart goes out to Candice Kruger’s family, friends and colleagues. My deepest heart full condolences to you; remember she was an angel, will always be one. Candice rest in peace and thank you for your bravery, God bless you… And to all the other fire-
fighters out there thank you for all your sacrifices.”