Death toll from fire in Johannesburg rises to 73

Johannesburg: The death toll from a fire in a multi-storey building in South Africa’s Johannesburg has risen to 73, while 52 others have been injured, spokesman for Johannesburg Emergency Management Services Robert Mulaudzi said on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Mulaudzi said that at least 63 people had been killed and 43 others injured in the fire that had engulfed a multi-storey building in South Africa’s largest city.

“Latest update is 73 fatalities and 52 injured still continuing with search and recovery operation,” Mulaudzi said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Mulaudzi told Sputnik earlier in the day that the fire had been stopped. He also said on X that firefighting and rescue teams were working at the scene. Meanwhile, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported that the fire had occurred in a five-storey building, in which people were living illegally.


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