AS IT HAPPENED: Joburg building declared a crime scene after deadly blaze kills 7

2017-07-05 12:01

Seven people had been confirmed dead after a fire broke out at the Cape York building in Johannesburg.


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05 Jul 14:55
At the ANC Policy Conference, Zuma has called for a moment for those who died in the fire.

05 Jul 14:51
There's still a crowd around the hijacked Cape York building in the inner city where the 2nd floor caught on fire.

05 Jul 14:45
All roads around the scene have been reopened.

05 Jul 14:43
This fire was bound to happen - Mashaba on Joburg CBD blaze

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The DA sends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the seven residents who tragically died after a fire broke out at the City York building on Jeppe and Nugget streets, central Johannesburg.

This was a tragic fire, and now is a time for mourning.

The DA Central Joburg constituency wishes to express gratitude towards the City of Joburg and the Joburg Emergency Management Services who managed to rescue 50 residents and ensure those affected were treated for smoke inhalation. We trust the authorities will investigate and provide closure for the community.

We wish to caution residents who stay in high-rise buildings in the City to always practice emergency drills and be mindful when lighting fire and making use of gas or paraffin and candles.

The community of the City York building are in our thoughts and prayers.

05 Jul 14:27

Generator caused Joburg building fire - resident

A woman who has been staying in the hijacked Cape York building in the Johannesburg CBD for over a year, told News24 that Wednesday's fire was caused by a generator.

"You know we don't have electricity or water in the building, so someone was using a generator and that is what caused the fire. All we saw was flames and we ran for safety," Rashadi Ditriech told News24.

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Nugget street has been reopened. Jeppe still closed. The crowd has started dying down. JMPD and SAPS still on scene.

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Firefighters have begun to leave the building, saying inhabitants refuse to leave.

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An eyewitness told News24 that more than a 100 people stay in the building.

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According to Radebe, they received a call about the fire at around 9am, and the fire was put out between 12:15 -12:30.

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Joburg EMS say there may be more bodies inside the building. They are currently busy with search and rescue operations.

05 Jul 12:41
The sniffer dogs have arrived. They will search the building for any missing people.

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Mashaba says the occupation of hijacked buildings is a crisis.

05 Jul 12:11
Mayor Herman Mashaba has arrived at the scene.

05 Jul 12:04

Tanya Heydenrych, Mayor Mashaba's Media Specialist, says the fire is under control and search and rescue inside the building still in progress.

Five patients have been taken to hospital.

The ladder is busy rescuing people from the 5th floor.

05 Jul 12:01
EMS still going through the building to check if anyone else is trapped inside.

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05 Jul 12:01

Seven people have been confirmed dead in a fire in the Cape York building in the Johannesburg CBD, emergency services said.

One of the victims died when he jumped from the burning building.

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