Former Uitenhage family die in Knysna fire

Madre Johnston, 33 – who was eight months pregnant – husband Tony, 34, and son Michael. Picture Supplied.
Shocked family members are reeling from the tragic death of a pregnant mother, her husband and their three-year-old son who have been identified as victims of the catastrophic wildfires on the Garden Route.

Formerly from Uitenhage, Madre Johnston, 33 – who was eight months pregnant – husband Tony, 34, and son Michael perished in the raging forest fires while fleeing for safety from their Sedgefield small-holding.

“We are completely destroyed. We really thought they would make it out safely.” 

Adding to the devastation is the fact that the family died on little Michael’s third birthday.

Southern Cape police spokesman Captain Malcolm Pojie said their bodies had been found about 15m from their smallholding home in Elandskraal, located between Sedgefield and Karatara.

Battling tears, Madre’s grief-stricken sister, Linda Truscott, 42, said Tony and Madre had been living on the small-holding while both worked at a civil engineering firm in Knysna.

Truscott said the family had been looking forward to welcoming another little boy in only five weeks.

“We are completely destroyed. We really thought they would make it out safely.”

Lee-Anne Butler – HeraldLIVE

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