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1 killed following fire at City Power substation

Preliminary investigations suggest the pair had tried to open the box earlier on Friday and it exploded.

One homeless person was killed and another injured in a fire at a City Power substation near Newclare on 11 January 2019. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - One homeless person has been killed and another has been injured in a fire at a City Power substation near Newclare.

Preliminary investigations suggest the pair had tried to open the box earlier on Friday and it exploded.

Police and emergency services are on the scene.

City Power says its technicians are now working to restore electricity in suburbs southwest of Johannesburg that include Maraisburg and Bosmond.

Spokesperson Isaac Mangena said: “The substation is currently a crime scene and City Power technicians are also on standby because the fire affected some suburbs. We don’t know how long this will take [for power to return].

"City Power would like to warn people against vandalism and using its infrastructure as shelter as this may result in injuries or death. City Power extends its condolences to the family of the deceased."

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