Fire Outrage Claim Lives in South Africa

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A five storey building engulfed with fire have killed more than 60 people including children in central Johannesburg, South Afria on Thursday.

Though it was not clear what caused the blaze, which broke out overnight, a member of the city’s mayoral committee in charge of public safety,Mgcini Tshwaku said candles used for lighting inside the structure were a likely cause.

The building, which has been evacuated, is located in a deprived area of what used to be the business district of South Africa’s economic hub, and was used as an informal settlement.

An AFP reporter at the scene said emergency services were continuing to bring charred bodies out of the building, laying them down under blankets and sheets on the street outside.

Written by: Helen Obih

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