The Worst Fire Scene Of His 50-Year Career, Says Firefighter

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A firefighter who reacted to the horrifying fire in Johannesburg’s central business district described it like a bomb blast.

The fire on Thursday claimed the lives of 74 people, including children, and injured more than 50 more.

The Marshalltown structure, formerly a clinic and an emergency refuge for women and children, is said to have housed more than 200 families.

Although the cause of the fire is unknown, President Cyril Ramaphosa described the event as a calamity in the making while visiting the scene on Thursday.

Chief fire officer at Fire Opps SA, Wynand Engelbrecht: “It resembled a bomb having gone off. It was carnage and chaos, that’s all it was. In my 50 years, I have never heard of anything worse, this is definitely the worst. There has never been a single fire building that has delivered so much carnage.”


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