Over a dozen injured in central Joburg fire

2016-10-09 11:47


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Johannesburg - Two people were taken to hospital and over a dozen others were treated on the scene after a fire broke out in central Johannesburg, ER24 paramedics said on Sunday.

"One person sustained a serious cut to his head and the other sustained a possible fracture to his ankle... At least 15 people were treated for smoke inhalation," said ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak.

He said that the fire broke out late on Saturday at the building located on the corner of Nugget and Commissioner streets.

"Shortly after midnight, paramedics and... fire fighters arrived on the scene where they found one of the building's floors well alight.

"Several people were still busy evacuating the building and bystanders indicated that some people went up to the roof... when the fire broke out," he said.

A triage station was set up to assist those suffering from smoke inhalation.  Fire fighters helped with evacuations, while also fighting the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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