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