Case of arson opened following Braampark building fire

Gwen Vasquez
April 21, 2017

The police's Kay Makhubela says Johannesburg emergency services' inspectors and firefighters will hand over the scene to the SAPS once they've wrapped up their own sweeps.

Snaps of the blaze, which has engulfed the Forum 1/A building, began appearing on the social network around 2pm SAST.

"You can see that on the right side of the building the whole top floor has collapsed and we are a bit anxious about the structural collapse. We were told that it was lunchtime when the fire started and people were led out calmly‚" said Masweneng. "On arrival we found that the fire was well alight and the roof totally collapsed", Matobako said. "The cause of the fire is still unknown and an investigation will be done". "We don't want to put lives in danger by sending them to top floor and they end up falling to the ground floor".

A construction worker who was repairing the roof said he saw a smoke cloud billowing from the side of the building.

Reports earlier said that a number of people‚ including one who is disabled‚ were trapped by the flames and smoke.

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He asked not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media. She said it was the first time that she'd seen such a huge fire.

Firefighters at the building after the fire.

Attempts to extinguish a fire which broke out in a Braamfontein building on Tuesday were hampered by a dysfunctional fire hydrant.

"The first fire engine arrived, but there was no water in fire hydrants around the building, so we sourced water from around the block", he said.

"I saw contractors. who had been working on the roof, running away".

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