Fire kills more than 70 in South Africa — RT World News

Fire kills more than 70 in South Africa — RT World News

A fire engulfed a five-storey building in central Johannesburg overnight, killing dozens of people and leaving many more injured, officials in South Africa’s biggest city said on Thursday.

The latest update from local authorities put the death toll at 73, with 43 injured, some of them rescued from the burning structure. The survivors have been taken to nearby medical facilities.

Firefighters were alerted to the blaze, which has been extinguished, at around 1.30 a.m. local time, Robert Mulaudzi, a spokesman for the city’s emergency management services, told the media. 

Mulaudzi warned that the number of fatalities could rise even further, as rescue workers search the burned-out site, from floor to floor.

According to local media, the building was previously abandoned, but hundreds of people were living inside, explaining the high number of casualties.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and officials have declined to share any preliminary conclusions.

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