A fire which broke-out at a well-known building in downtown Johannesburg has claimed 7 lives according to Emergency Services who rushed to the scene managing to rescue 50 others.
Massive flames were seen from the higher levels of the building situated on the corner of Nugget and Jeppe streets.
According to EMS workers on the scene, a disregard for obvious fire hazards and a complete negligence of the structure’s upkeep could have led to the fire. Similarly, the building is known for being one of the many hijacked structures in the city meaning that living conditions of residents inside did not help limit the potential for a fire breaking out.
This comes a few days after Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba lauded efforts by Human Settlement departments in raiding and emptying two hijacked buildings in the CBD over the weekend.
“It’s imperative to restore dignity and quality housing to reisdents so they no longer need to resort to such extremities for shelter”, said Mashaba.
6 bodies were found by rescue services inside the building, while one person was seen jumping out of one of the windows.
However, search and rescue operations have not yet concluded.