Blaze at an informal settlement near Kwa Mai Mai in Joburg claims one life

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At least one person died when a fire broke out at an informal settlement near Kwa Mai Mai in Johannesburg in the early morning of Sunday.

SHACKS DESTROYED IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENT FIRE 

Johannesburg Emergency Services responded to the fire just after 00:00 and found the whole area affected. 

They managed to contain the fire.

“Just after 00:00 this early morning, when we arrived at the scene we found the whole area affected. There is one person who died and another person has been taken to hospital with minor injuries,”

said emergency services, Nana Radebe.

The deceased was caught up in the flames and severely burnt. She said there are plus minus 400 shacks that have been affected. 

Furthermore, she said they are still communicating with community leaders to do a headcount of how many people are displaced. 

“A head count is currently being conducted to account for everyone, and disaster management is there to assist the displaced families.”

The cause of the blaze will be investigated.

Joburg mayor Mpho Phalatsi is expected to visit the informal settlement later today.

Last year, a fire at the settlement claimed the lives of nine people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT’S SAFETY TIPS FOR RESIDENTS

Johannesburg Emergency Management Services has advised residents to make use of the following tips:

  • Don’t leave young children unattended in a room with a lit Candle.
  • Store candles, matches and lighters away from the reach of children.
  • Use safe containers to store paraffin ie safety caps
  • Do not connect electricity illegally it’s dangerous to you, children and those around instead report illegal connections.
  • Do not leave a Heater unattended while in use it might cause fires at home

In case of an emergency, the Johannesburg EMS can be reached by dialling 112 or 011-375-5911.

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