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Tragic Blaze Claims at Least 63 Lives in Johannesburg Building



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A devastating fire in central Johannesburg that erupted in a five-story building has resulted in a tragic loss of life, with the death toll now standing at 63 individuals, according to the city’s emergency services. According to CNN, the incident has left 43 people injured, as confirmed by spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi.

Emergency services and firefighting teams are tirelessly working to quell the flames engulfing the building. Startling videos captured at the scene depict immense orange flames consuming the lower floors of the structure and many individuals fleeing to safety outside.

In a series of updates shared on social media platform X, Robert Mulaudzi, the spokesperson for the emergency services, disclosed that multiple individuals are currently receiving medical attention, with services transporting some to healthcare facilities for further treatment.

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The fire’s cause is unknown, and emergency services received the report around 1:30 a.m.


The EMS is determining the origins of the incident. The authorities have started to provide relief and assistance to the affected families with the City of Johannesburg Disaster Management team.

Further updates will be provided. This story is ongoing and subject to updates.

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