• search

Twelve people killed in Johannesburg building fire

Written by: Staff

JOHANNESBURG, Mar 29 (Reuters) Twelve people died when fire broke out in an illegally occupied building in downtown Johannesburg today, emergency officials said.

''We had to remove 12 bodies. They died from traumatic asphyxia,'' emergency services spokesman Malcolm Midgley said.

He said residents struggled to flee the blaze after blocking an escape route with possessions they had tried to salvage.

About 33 people were taken to hospital with varying degrees of injuries.

The cause of the fire at 0100 hrs (0830 hrs IST) today was unclear but Midgley said it was possible it was caused by a heater.

The incident highlights a housing crisis in the inner city of South Africa's financial capital, which is riddled with disused or crumbling buildings where desperate homeless people often seek shelter.


For Daily Alerts

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more