2 firefighters die while fighting Joburg blaze

2015-05-17 07:58

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Johannesburg - Two firefighters died while fighting a blaze at a building in Market Street in the early hours of Sunday morning, Johannesburg emergency services said.

"The building caught fire last night [Saturday]. The cause of the fire is still unknown, however our fire investigation team are on site, they will be starting with fire investigation as soon as the fire has been extinguished," spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said.

Paramedics were called to the scene. When they arrived, one firefighter had already been treated for smoke inhalation, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.

Two firefighters were trapped in the building.

Colleagues brought one of them out of the building at around 01:00.

"He had no signs of life and they [paramedics] initiated CPR.

"Sadly, despite all their efforts, they were unable to revive him," Vermaak said.

At around 03:00 the second firefighter was brought out of the building.

"Sadly there was nothing that paramedics could do for him and he was declared dead on the scene.

Four other firefighters were treated on the scene for various injuries and taken to hospital.

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