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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

UPDATE: At least 73 dead, dozens injured in Joburg inner city fire

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The death toll in this morning’s fire in Marshalltown in the Johannesburg city center has risen to at least 73. More than 50 other people are being treated for injuries.

 

Of the 73 deaths, 7 are children. The youngest victim is between one and two years old.

 

The death toll is expected to rise.

 

A fire engulfed a five storey building in Marshalltown in the Joburg CBD in the early hours of this morning. Emergency authorities are responding to the scene.

 

Authorities say the death toll is expected to rise, as emergency personnel tend to the incident. EMS staffers responded to the scene just after 01:00 this morning.

 

 

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A view from inside one of the gutted floors. PIC: Gift of the Givers/Facebook

 

The cause of the fire is not yet known. The building is believed to have been hijacked and unlawfully occupied.

 

This is a developing story.

 

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Lizell Persens
Lizell Persens
Lizell is a Cape Town-based news anchor, reporter and transcriptionist. She has been a journalist for the past 10 years, and started her career as a TV producer. The avid reader enjoys writing poems, fast cars, music, travelling, and exploring new food.

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