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Warehouse fire in Soweto

An ordinary morning turned into a dramatic event when a building caught fire.

The Pelican building in Orlando West, Soweto caught fire on Thursday 12 July 2012. Picture: Reginald Nhlapo/iWitness

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.

To submit your iWitness stories, pictures or video, email us - iwn@ewn.co.za

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