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Watch| 63 Dead And Dozens Injured As Fire Guts Building In Joburg CBD

"It's a five-storey building which caught fire in the early hours of this morning. We managed to evacuate the people who were inside the building as soon as we arrived while we were conducting firefighting operations."

Watch| 63 Dead And Dozens Injured As Fire Guts Building In Joburg CBD-SurgeZirc SA
Watch| 63 Dead And Dozens Injured As Fire Guts Building In Joburg CBD

A fire broke out in a building in Johannesburg’s city centre early on Thursday, causing multiple fatalities and injuries.

The fatality toll has surpassed 60, and it is expected to rise as firemen conduct a search and rescue mission inside the building.

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“It’s a five-storey building which caught fire in the early hours of this morning. We managed to evacuate the people who were inside the building as soon as we arrived while we were conducting firefighting operations.”

Among the fatalities, he said, was “a young child who might be between one and two years old.”

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Several of those affected had smoke inhalation, while others had minor injuries.

He stated that the fire had been extinguished and that they were working on “damping down” as well as search and recovery efforts.

“At this stage the cause of the fire is still a subject of investigations.

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“Officials from City of Johannesburg disaster management have been activated to start facilitating relief for affected families.”

This is the third of the city’s older structures to catch fire within the past few months. Two small children died in a fire in Hillbrow in June, and earlier this month, a fire gutted the top story of a building in nearby Yeoville. In July, an underground gas blast in Lilian Ngoyi, previously Bree, street struck the city centre.

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Elize Coetzee for SurgeZirc SA
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Elize Coetzee, a seasoned journalist, is the driving force behind SurgeZirc SA’s world news and world politics coverage. With an unwavering commitment to truth, Elize delves into global affairs, providing live updates, in-depth investigations, and thought-provoking analysis. Whether it’s geopolitical tensions, international diplomacy, or breaking stories, Elize’s incisive reporting keeps readers informed and engaged.
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