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Johannesburg fire kills 74

by damith
September 2, 2023 1:10 am 0 comment

South African firefighters have gone back inside the Johannesburg building destroyed by fire on Thursday to see if they can find any more bodies. The blaze, in the overcrowded and condemned five-storey building, claimed 74 lives, including 12 children.

The fire service says it wants to be sure that no-one has been left behind.

The cause of the fire is still unknown but forensic investigators are also at the site, picking through the charred remains of the burnt-out building. A canine search team has also gone into the wreckage, which is less smoky and has cooled down since Thursday.

Looking on at the operation are some survivors, who bear the scars of their ordeal in the form of broken bones and head injuries.

Relatives who believe that family members may have been among the victims of the fire have been asked to visit the mortuary to help identify the bodies.

But officials say that out of the 74 corpses, 62 have been burned beyond recognition and they hope to use DNA samples to help in the identification process.(BBC)

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