BREAKING NEWS | One person has died after a fire gutted an informal settlement at Kwa Mai Mai in Johannesburg, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

 BREAKING NEWS | One person has died after a fire gutted an informal settlement at Kwa Mai Mai in Johannesburg, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

 

One person died and another injured when a fire ravaged over 400 shacks near Kwa Mai Mai in Jeppestown.

Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe said firefighters received a call about the fire in the informal settlement just after midnight.

“When firefighters arrived on the scene, the whole place was gutted down. It took us about four to five hours to put out the fire.

“One person was found dead when we were still doing search and rescue and another person suffered burns in the neck and hands and she was taken to hospital,” Radebe said.

“The cause of the fire is unknown at [this] stage. Our fire safety officers are doing preliminary investigations and also interviewing the community to establish where the fire started,” Radebe said.

Kwa-Mai Mai is situated next to the Kaserne building which was demolished by the City of Johannesburg last month after it too was gutted by fire in April 2021.

The fire at the dilapidated building killed nine people. There were many other fires at the disused building which served as public parking in the city in its glory days.

The City of Johannesburg has promised to build 1,500 residential units in the area.

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