'The roof is on fire' - Braampark worker

2017-04-18 16:15

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Braamfontein - A worker at the Braamfontein Office Park in central Johannesburg says she was on her lunch break when she noticed smoke coming from the roof.

Zanele Ngumbela, who works for Forum 4 at Braampark, said she was on a lunch break around 13:00 when she noticed four or five men on the roof.

"I don't know what they were doing, they were probably fixing the roof, but the next thing we saw was smoke," Ngumbela said.

READ: Braamfontein building catches fire

The 28-year-old said the smoke first appeared as dust, but a few minutes later it became huge.

"At the time I made a joke about it, because I saw a blaze and I was like, 'the roof, the roof is on fire'. Little did I know, the roof was really on fire," she said.

She said they were thankful to God that no one got hurt.

Johannesburg Emergency Service spokesperson Synock Matobako said they were alerted to the fire around 13:45.

"It looks like the fire started on the fifth floor. When we arrived everybody evacuated the building," Matobako said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

Matobako said they will remain on the scene to monitor the situation.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  fires

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.