Three He­roes Mourned

The build­ing was just 21% com­pli­ant with health and safety stan­dards.

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

Gaut­eng MEC for In­fra­struc­ture Devel­op­ment Ja­cob Mam­abolo con­firmed that three fire­fight­ers died while bat­tling a blaze at the Gaut­eng Health Depart­ment in the Jo­han­nes­burg CBD.

Of­fi­cials say the fire started on the 23rd floor. It’s not yet known how the fire broke out. Mam­abolo says 13 em­ploy­ees from the build­ing have been taken to the hos­pi­tal.

“The build­ing did not com­ply with health and safety reg­u­la­tions.”

Sadly, as the fire­fight­ers fought the flames of the fire that started on the 24th floor, a body of one of their col­league laid on the pave­ment in front of the build­ing cov­ered with sil­ver foil.

The fire­fighter, who could not be named un­til his fam­ily was no­ti­fied. The city’s MMC for pub­lic safety Michael Sun said the fire­fighter slipped and fell from the 23rd floor.

Sun con­firmed that two other fire­fight­ers, who were trapped in the build­ing, also died. He con­firmed that ad­di­tional eight mem- bers of their fire­fight­ing team were taken to hos­pi­tal for var­i­ous in­juries in­clud­ing burns and ex­haus­tion.

Sun said they were still bat­tling with the fire that started at about 10am on Wed­nes­day. Dozens of emer­gency ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing am­bu­lances, de­scended on the busy street for­merly known as Sauer.

“We are still busy with the fire­fight­ing, as you can see, the flames are now out the win­dow.”

In a state­ment, City of Jo­han­nes­burg Mayor Cllr Her­man Mashaba said, “we lost three brave fire­fight­ers in a fire that en­gulfed the Provin­cial Health Depart­ment Build­ing in the In­ner City of Jo­han­nes­burg.

“Our fire­fight­ers in Jo­han­nes­burg reg­u­larly have to face life threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions, and con­tinue to demon­strate their brav­ery in their ef­forts to keep our res­i­dents safe.

“We re­gard these mat­ters very se­ri­ously, given that this fire has led to the tragic loss of life of the three brave fire­fight­ers.”

Use of it and this re­quires co­op­er­a­tion from all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing pa­tients who use the service.

Fire­fight­ers com­fort each other over the pass­ing of their brave col­leagues who per­ished while fight­ing the blaze

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