Tragedy struck when two children died in a Joburg fire on Wednesday afternoon as it destroyed a condemned block of flats.
HeraldLIVE reports that Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda visited the scene and revealed that the fire started in two rooms on the first floor and quickly spread to the second floor, claiming the lives of the two children.
Joburg emergency services stated that the minors, believed to be between the ages of 7 and 5, were tragically left alone in the locked apartment during the incident.
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, leaving the community and authorities searching for answers.
The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Research Institute expressed its longstanding concerns about the safety of the Florence Nightingale building. The institute stressed the urgency for action to prevent further tragedies. It highlighted the many visits, conversations, and warnings that addressed the dangerous conditions of the building over the years.
“People deserve to live in buildings that are safe and fit for human habitation,” the institute stated, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the safety of residents.
In response to the devastating incident, Mayor Gwamanda praised the firefighters for their efforts in containing and extinguishing the fire. The city is now collaborating with relevant government departments to assist the affected residents during this challenging time.
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