11 hospitalised after Joburg fire

Johannesburg - Eleven people were taken to hospital on Friday after being rescued from a burning seven-storey building in central Johannesburg, emergency services said.

The group was taken to Hillbrow hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, said spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi.

The building, on the corner of Kerk and End streets, started burning around 17:00. The fire was extinguished around 19:30.

When emergency services arrived on the scene, they were barred from entering the building by people standing outside.

Only after the arrival of police on the scene were personnel permitted to enter, Mulaudzi said.

There were reports that a group of people had chased criminals into the building and then set it alight. Mulaudzi could not confirm this.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

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Akhenaten 2014-08-01 08:47:49 PM
Some build up, some break down.
Hasani Mabasa 2014-08-01 08:50:04 PM
Hijack building are a big problem in jhb cbd,criminals and illegal immigrant hide there,its time four our court and city council to act,hillbrow is worse.
Johan Venter 2014-08-01 08:56:49 PM
I love mob justice
Prince Milan Milanzi 2014-08-01 09:27:41 PM
Whatever the cause of that fire just know that soon the wicked shall perish.
Lerato Rato 2014-08-01 10:09:35 PM
Joburg is overcrowded filthy and dilapidated.
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-01 10:29:20 PM
How on earth can they let this fool advertise here when we need to debate should delete his ad
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-01 10:32:50 PM
Hasani report him by clicking the red exclamation
Ken Pauls 2014-08-01 10:34:07 PM
Amen to that
Roy Skea 2014-08-01 10:58:15 PM
Criminals chased into the building before it was set alight? Is this society trying to tell the Government something?
Redphi 2014-08-01 11:19:43 PM
Building started burning...just like Nkandla started building itself , how idiotic we must seem in the world's eyes...