Seven die in downtown Johannesburg building blaze

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (JULY 5, 2017) (INNER CITY GAZETTE) – Seven people died in a high-rise apartment block fire in Johannesburg on Wednesday (July 5) including a man who jumped to his death to escape the flames, emergency services said.

They said there could be more bodies inside the Cape York building in South Africa’s commercial capital and that a search operation had been launched.

Six people were being treated for smoke inhalation, Gauteng police spokesperson, Kay Makhubela said, adding that the fire had been contained and the investigation into the causes of the fire was underway.

Residents made ropes from sheets to get out through their apartment windows to flee the blaze.

In 2013 a fire killed four people in the same building, which had no running water or electricity at the time, South Africa’s Sunday Times reported, but occupants moved back in soon afterward.