Electrical fault blamed for Wits Med School smoke

2017-03-03 16:39

Johannesburg – An electrical fault was the likely cause of the smoke in the Wits Medical School’s building in Parktown on Friday.

"Early indications are that the smoke may have been caused by an electrical fault. Electricians are on site and further investigations are underway," said Professor Martin Veller, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, in a statement.

Smoke was detected on the second, third and seventh floors.

The City of Johannesburg's Emergency Medical Services evaluated the building and declared it safe again. There were no reported injuries and students and staff were allowed to return to the building.

Students and staff were evacuated for about two hours after what was initially reported to be a fire.

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