Firefighters monitoring SABC studio blaze

2012-06-14 07:28

SABC studios fire

2012-06-14 08:58

Mop up operations are underway at the SABC in Johannesburg following a fire at the Henley Studios building. The blaze broke out overnight. WATCH. WATCH

Johannesburg - Firefighters are monitoring the SABC's Henley Studios in Auckland Park on Thursday morning after a fire broke out, Johannesburg emergency services said.

"The fire started at [the] studio six last night at around 20:00 and firefighters were not able to contain the fire," spokesperson Niel Rooi said.

"There is a lot of smoke and they are busy damping down the building. We will not leave until we are certain that the fire is out."

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the fire broke out at Isidingo production studios. Isidingo is a soap opera that airs on SABC3 at 19:30, weekdays.

"No one was injured as everyone had already left. We will be assessing the situation this morning," he said.

"The cause of the fire as well as damage assessment will be done this [Thursday] morning. We are not alarmed as programmes will continue to run as normal."

SABC acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng told Morning Live that the fire would cost the public broadcaster tens of millions of rands.

"As the SABC we are very shocked. As you know financially we are not sound," he said.

"This is something that we don't know how to handle but we will get there."

Kganyago said they were not sure if the fire had spread to other studios.
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