Sisters together coping with tragedy

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Friday, August 7

The three sisters who escaped a house fire that killed their parents and younger brother on Wednesday have spoken of their horrifying ordeal for the first time.

Tej Kafle (49), wife Tika (38) and the youngest of their four children, 8-year-old Prem, perished in a blaze that engulfed their five-bedroom flat above their Everest Indian Restaurant in Waimate.

The Queen St fire in what used to be the Savoy Tearoom and Bakery broke out about 7.40am.

PHOTO: NZH – Manisha (17), Mamata (11) and Tulsi Kafle (24) recover yesterday at their uncle’s home in Christchurch after Wednesday’s tragic fire at their family’s Indian restaurant in Waimate, which killed their parents, Tej Kafle (49) wife Tika (38), and younger brother Prem (8).