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Death toll from fire at Joburg building rises to 7

Of those who died, at least one jumped from the building, while others were burnt or died from smoke inhalation.

An image of the burning building in Nugget Street, Johannesburg on 5 July, 2017. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Emergency services have confirmed to Eyewitness News that the death toll from a fire at a building in the central business district has risen to seven.

Officials add seven other people have been rushed to a hospital and at least 50 have been rescued.

Of those who died, at least one jumped from the building, while others were burnt or died from smoke inhalation.

Earlier it was reported that one person had died after jumping from the burning building on Nugget Street.

Emergency services Nana Radebe says, “While doing a search and rescue we found six people dead, in total we have seven people who perished in the fire. Seven people have been taken to a hospital with different injuries. A man who jumped from the building is among the seven victims.”

The blaze broke out on Wednesday morning and the cause of the fire is not yet clear.

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