In a devastating turn of events, a fire erupted in a building in the Johannesburg CBD, resulting in a heartbreaking loss of life and over 50 individuals injured. Gauteng Health MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko swiftly took action, ensuring that the injured were taken to Helen Joseph Hospital and South Rand Hospital for immediate medical attention as reported by the SABC News.
The blaze, which engulfed the five-storey building during the early hours of Thursday, has already claimed the lives of at least 73 people. Nkomo-Ralehoko announced that the deceased would be transferred to Diepkloof Mortuary, with contingencies in place to redirect bodies to Hillbrow as needed.
Responding to the tragedy, Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda, present at the scene, expressed deep sorrow over the incident. The building, which was initially intended to house an NGO focused on rehabilitating displaced women, had been illegally occupied and reportedly contained squatter camps and shacks, leading to overcrowding and further complicating the situation.
As authorities and rescue teams work tirelessly to manage the aftermath of this unfortunate incident, the community mourns the lives lost and rallies together to support those affected by the tragedy.
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