Three Heroes Mourned
The building was just 21% compliant with health and safety standards.
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.”
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Firefighters comfort each other over the passing of their brave colleagues who perished while fighting the blaze