JOHANNESBURG: An infant is among nine people who burnt to death in a shack fire in the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday.
A fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Johannesburg CBD area claiming the lives of nine people including a baby.
An eye witness Nhlanhla Tshabalala says that he tried to help but he was blinded by the smoke and he had to get out of the burning building to save his own life.
The fire destroyed people’s shacks and residents say that they are left homeless and lost their personal documents such as id’s, bank cards and wallets.
This makes it hard because they are not able to buy food and the necessities they once had. Some who have lived in the area for several years say it’s about time the government gave them proper housing.
Some who have lived in the area for several years say it’s about time the government gave them proper housing. They say in the past few years, there have been at least four fires that have turned their lives upside down.
Emergency Services spokesperson Nana Radebe says the incident occurred in one of the abandoned buildings near the KwaMai-Mai establishment.
“This is one of the hijacked buildings that [have] shacks inside. Plus minus hundred shacks have been affected 9 people have died, including an infant.
“A number of people were also treated on scene and most of them were taken to hospital with burns and fractures.”
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
“At this moment we are still busy with what caused the fire but we can confirm that it started on the ground and spread to two other floors where other people were found,” adds Radebe.