People burnt in the fire have been admitted to the hospital. A Tanzanian who lives near the building said that there were dozens of dwelling houses inside the building that could have housed hundreds of people. She said most of the residents in many buildings in the area are illegal immigrants from African countries who came to South Africa’s economic hub in search of jobs.
At least 64 people were killed and 43 others were injured in a fire in a multi-storey building in South Africa’s largest city Johannesburg on Thursday. Migrants lived in this building. Officials said it was not clear what caused the fire in the five-storey building in the center of the city. A large number of emergency and rescue workers are still at the scene as bodies continue to be found. City of Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the fire department received a call at about 1:30 a.m. about a fire in a building at the corner of Delves and Alberts Street. It was a five-storey building that caught fire last night, Mulaudzi said.
We managed to extinguish the fire and rescue the people inside the building. The building was destroyed by fire. Mulaudzi said in a post on Twitter that 64 bodies had been recovered and 43 other people had suffered burns and that search and rescue operations were still ongoing. A child is also included in the dead. He said the fire has been brought under control and search and rescue operations are underway. Mulaudzi said the death toll could rise because there was an informal housing area inside the building in which people may have been trapped while trying to escape. There was an informal housing area on each floor and people who tried to escape may have been trapped there, Mulaudzi was quoted as saying by News24 website.
He said, we have told the people who are searching for their relatives at the spot that the chances of finding their relatives alive are very less.People injured in the fire have been admitted to the hospital. A Tanzanian citizen who lives near the building said that there were dozens of residential houses inside the building where hundreds of people could have lived. She said most of the residents in many buildings in the area are illegal immigrants from African countries who came to South Africa’s economic hub in search of jobs.
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