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More fire engines deployed to extinguish deadly Joburg fire

The fire is currently spreading through the lift shaft and some firefighters say it could take up to three days to extinguish.

Fire trucks and firefighters from the City of Tshwane have arrived in the Johannesburg CBD to assist with fighting the blaze. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Emergency Medical Services (EMS) say fire engines from the City of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and OR Tambo are working to extinguish the blaze in the Johannesburg CBD that's been raging for more than 27 hours now.

Three firefighters died trying to douse the flames at the Lisbon Building on Thursday while 20 other people were treated for various injuries.

CEO of Gauteng EMS Lesiba Malotana says there’s no immediate threat of the building collapsing but the longer this fire burns, the more urgent the situation becomes.

Flames can still be seen coming out of the building in the CBD with thick smoke turning some of the levels black.

The fire is currently spreading through the lift shaft and some firefighters say it could take up to three days to extinguish.

Meanwhile, firefighters from the City of Tshwane have just arrived on the scene and are getting ready to help their colleagues.

OFFICIALS MEET

On Thursday afternoon, the Department of Infrastructure Development will meet with the officials who completed the compliance report for the currently burning building in downtown Johannesburg.

Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo says they're trying to establish all the facts.

“We’ve had a preliminary meeting this morning with the team that compiled the report for us and we’ve agreed on another meeting at 5 pm that the team will come back and take us through the details of the report to indicate the condition of each facility.”

For everything Eyewitness News has been able to confirm up to so far on the fire, click here.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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