Joburg building on fire

At approximately 13h00 on Wednesday 29 June 2011, a fire broke out in the basement of the Glencairn...

Fire in the Joburg CBD on Wednesday 29 June 2011. Picture: Gavin/iWitness

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At approximately 13h00 on Wednesday 29 June 2011, a fire broke out in the basement of the Glencairn building at the corner of Market and Eloff Streets.

Employees in the building were evacuated as the city fire department rushed to the scene. An hour after the fire started, smoke could be seen coming from the basement entrance.

The fire department quickly had the fire under control but would not let employees back into the building as a precautionary measure. Groups of 10 employees were allowed into the building at a time to collect their belongings.

The fire is thought to have been started by a transformer in the building. City Power were contacted to assess the damage. This is the latest fire in the Glencairn building but there have been others in the past 10 years.

The building is currently rented by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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