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Building on fire in Braamfontein office park

Images from the scene show flames engulfing the top section of a building in the Braampark.

Fire in Braampark, Braamfontein on 18 April 2017. Picture: Arrive Alive.

JOHANNESBURG - An office building in Braamfontein, has been engulfed in flames with the block being evacuated as the fire department battles the flames.

Officials say no one has been severely injured – but some people have been treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters are working to extinguish the flames that have already destroyed the roof and top floor of a building at the Braampark office park.

Some people, who occupied the top floor of the building, say although they are rattled by the incident - they are grateful to have escaped alive.

“We could see the air already in the air and everybody was running frantically. People were taking the little that they could take. We got stuck by the emergency door which couldn’t open but we managed to come out.”

Police have blocked of the road leading the offices and onlookers have gathered behind police tape.

Johannesburg emergency services says workers were allowed to drive their cars off the premises.

One employee was worried her car would be destroyed.

“My car is still in the basement and a lot of people’s cars are still stuck down there. We don’t know what’s going to happen to the cars.”

Firefighters say they’re now worried about the structural integrity of the building, which was used by First National Bank.

Emergency services’ Synock Matobako says they are investigating.

“We are worried about the structural collapse and that is why you see us moving cars out of the building, to make sure that if the building collapses, there are no cars affected.”

The cause of the fire is not known and the road leading to the park is still closed.

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