At least 73 people have died at this stage and another 52 have been injured after a fire broke out in a building in downtown Johannesburg early Thursday morning.
The death toll has already risen by more than 50 since RNews’s initial report on the fire as emergency service workers are still recovering charred bodies from the rubble.
The five-story building in Marshalltown caught fire in the early hours of the morning.
Firefighters and emergency service personnel were called to the building on the corner of Albert and Delvers Street at around 01:30.
According to Robert Mulaudzi, spokesperson for the Johannesburg emergency service, firefighters were able to bring those who were still trapped in the building to safety early in the morning. Among the deceased is at least one child between one and two years old.
Some of the injured were treated for smoke inhalation, while others suffered minor injuries.
Mulaudzi confirmed that the fire had been extinguished and that emergency workers had now begun recovery operations.
“At this stage, the cause of the fire is still being investigated. Officials from the City of Johannesburg’s disaster management have been activated to begin facilitating assistance for affected families.”