Warehouse fire in Soweto

The Pelican building in Orlando West, Soweto caught fire on Thursday 12 July 2012. Picture: Reginald Nhlapo/iWitness
A firefighter inspects the damage at the Pelican building in Soweto after it caught fire on 12 July 2012. Picture: Reginald Nhlapo/iWitness
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Our iWitness reporter Reginald Nhlapo sent us these photos and his account of the incident:

An ordinary morning turned into a rush of a heartbeat for workers and passers-by when a building caught fire on Thursday 12 July.

The Pelican building, situated in Orlando West, Soweto is a run down warehouse which houses a mechanic workshop.

The building caught fire unexpectedly sending workers into a frenzy. The police responded abruptly and within minutes were joined by the fire brigade.

Teboho Phadi, a worker at the building said “I was on my way from a nightshift when I decided to pass by at a friend’s place, on my return I noticed smoke coming out of the building and alerted my colleagues who were fast asleep. As the door was locked we had to use a spanner to gain entry. I believe the pile-up of plugs resulted in the fire”.

An estimated cost in damage is believed to be around R10 000 and no casualties were reported.

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