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City of JHB hopes to conclude Lisbon Building fire probe soon

A blaze tore through the 23rd floor of the building almost two months ago and three firefighters were killed.

FILE: Firefighters stand in front of the Bank of Lisbon building where 3 of their colleagues died while trying to extinguish a fire. A memorial service was held for the firefighters on 12 September 2018. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says it hopes to conclude its criminal investigation into the fire at the Lisbon Building in the next few months.

Three firefighters were killed. The blaze tore through the 23rd floor of the building almost two months ago.

It was discovered that the building was only 20% compliant with occupational health and safety standards.

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Speaking outside the building where a guard of honour was held on Monday, Public Safety MMC Michael Sun said it’s a complicated investigation.

“The matter is pending. We’re hoping within the next few months that the investigation will have concluded and we will be able to report back and find out what caused the fire.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)