Seven people have been killed after a roaring fire broke out in a hijacked building in central Joburg on Wednesday morning. One of the deceased is a man who jumped from the building in a desperate attempt to save his own life.
A further 50 people were rescued from the top of the building after a crane like machine was used be emergency services.
Hijacked Building Corner Jeppe Nugget. Congested CBD avoid area!
Posted by Intelligence Bureau SA on Wednesday, July 5, 2017
— Chanel tshena (@Chanel_T1) July 5, 2017
The Mayor has been at the scene and had his say on social media.
— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) July 5, 2017
Thanks to the brilliant work of emergency services, the fire was contained and put out within a matter of hours.
— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) July 5, 2017
The fire broke out at the Cape York building on the corner of Jeppe and Nugget streets. Officials are reporting that at this stage the cause of the fire is still unknown.
South Africans have been quick to send love, strength and prayers over social media.
Out of panic, i probably would have jumped too ????. Condolences to their families ? #JHBFire
— Black & Blessed ❤❤✌ (@Mama_Bridgie) July 5, 2017
Oh no ??? #JhbFire
— Berita (@BeritaAfroSoul) July 5, 2017
— DA Gauteng (@DA_GPL) July 5, 2017
Public Safety MMC Michael Sun, explains the currently known details in the video below.
— Nation Nyoka (@Naewizzle) July 5, 2017