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Family visits scene where firefighter died

Simphiwe Moropane tripped while trying to make his way through the thick smoke on the top floor of the Lisbon Bank building on Wednesday.

Simphiwe Moropane's wife and his parents were taken to the site in front of the building where they stood briefly, crying and holding each other. Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The family of the firefighter who plunged to his death while fighting a fire at a building in the Johannesburg CBD have visited the spot where he died.

Simphiwe Moropane tripped while trying to make his way through the thick smoke on the top floor of the Lisbon Bank building on Wednesday.

Two of his colleagues also died while trying to extinguish the blaze that broke out on the 23rd floor, which was home to some government departments.

VIDEO: Fallen firefighter's family visits scene

Emergency services managed to contain the fire on Thursday but are still on the scene keeping a close eye on the building.

There was a sombre mood in the CBD earlier as the family of the firefighter who fell to his death visited the exact spot where he died.

Moropane's wife and his parents were taken to the site in front of the building where they stood briefly, crying and holding each other.

The grieving family looked up to the 23rd floor from where he plunged to his death.

EMS spokesperson Nana Radebe was with the family.

“It’s a sad sight to see, they just wanted to see where he had fallen and probably from there, take their strength and start to organise the funeral.”

The family left the scene shortly afterwards in an emergency vehicle.

Firemen are now busy with clean-up operations while keeping a close eye on the building to ensure the fire doesn’t flare up.

Several investigations are underway after it came to light that the building failed to meet safety regulations.

Emergency services say plans for the memorial service and funerals of the fallen fighters are underway.

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