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Was water pressure a problem for Joburg firefighters?

Was water pressure a problem for Joburg firefighters?
Was water pressure a problem for Joburg firefighters?
Image: 123RF/ Surachai Phichai

Efforts to put out a fire in a high-rise office block occupied by government workers in Johannesburg’s CBD on Wednesday were hampered by a lack of sufficient water pressure in the building‚ says city mayor Herman Mashaba. 

Three City of Johannesburg firefighters died in the blaze.

Mashaba has pledged that his administration will do everything it can to assist their families. He is also planning to visit the families on Thursday (today) to extend his condolences.

“Our firefighters in Johannesburg regularly have to face life-threatening situations‚ and continue to demonstrate their bravery in their efforts to keep our residents safe. “The efforts to put out the blaze were hampered by a lack of sufficient water pressure in the building‚ which is an important safety requirement in a building of this size. It is reported that several government officials who evacuated the building have referred to unsafe conditions in the offices‚” said Mashaba.

“We regard these matters very seriously‚ given that this fire has led to the tragic loss of life of the three brave firefighters.”

Mashaba called on Gauteng premier David Makhura to probe the circumstances that led to the fire.

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