Urgent call for safety precautions in Alexandra as EMS firefighters douse shack blaze
The City of Johannesburg’s Emergency Management Services (EMS) firefighters
swiftly responded to a distress call regarding multiple shack fires in the Setjwetla
informal settlement in Alexandra in the early hours of Sunday.
Tragically, four shacks were consumed by the blaze, resulting in the loss of one male
life and leaving another resident injured. Currently, the affected families have found
temporary shelter with the assistance of their friends.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the fire was likely caused by faulty electrical
connections. The South African Police Service (SAPS) will conduct a thorough
investigation into the incident. The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department
(JMPD) and Ward committees were also present at the scene to provide support and
Dr. Mgcini Tshwaku, the MMC for Public Safety, commends EMS firefighters for their
rapid response to the incident. MMC Tshwaku urges residents, particularly those
residing in informal settlements, to exercise caution when using heating appliances
and ensure they are never left unattended, especially during load-shedding.
“By taking safety precautions, we can work together to prevent similar fire incidents
from occurring,” the MMC said.
The affected families have received relief assistance from Disaster Management and
Ashrafal Aid. The incident has been reported to both the South African Social
Security Agency (SASSA) and the City's Social Development department for further
assessment and intervention.
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