More than 60 people killed in Johannesburg building fire

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More than 60 people died during a building fire in Johannesburg. (Reuters)

At least 63 people died and dozens were injured by a fire this Thursday in a five-story building in downtown Johannesburgas indicated by the emergency services of this South African city.

“They are already 63 fatalities and 43 injured people who were transferred to various health centers," said the spokesman for the Emergency Management Services, Robert Mulaudzi.

The spokesperson explained to local media that firefighters were alerted to the fire around 01:30 local time and that Among the dead is “a child who could be between one and two years old.”

Among the affected survivors, who were taken to hospital, some suffered minor injuries, while others inhaled smoke.

“It is a five-story building that caught fire in the early hours of Thursday. “We managed to evacuate the people inside as soon as we arrived, while we carried out firefighting operations,” he explained.

The authorities later raised the death toll.

Among the victims is
Among the victims is "a child who could be between one and two years old." (Reuters)

The fire broke out overnight, but the cause was not immediately clear, the spokesman said.

Firefighters extinguished the flames. The building was evacuated and search and rescue operations are underway.

Images broadcast on television show fire trucks and ambulances outside the building, white and red in color and with burned-out windows, which was cordoned off by police.

This is the third building fire that has occurred in Johannesburg in recent months, according to South African media reports, after two minors died in another incident in June

(With information from AFP)

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