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Fire Tragedy in Johannesburg Claims 77 Lives, Investigation Launched

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Fire Tragedy in Johannesburg Claims 77 Lives, Investigation Launched

Johannesburg Fire Incident 

The Osindiso building fire incident in Johannesburg’s CBD has resulted in a devastating death toll of 77, with the Gauteng Health Department confirming the loss of a third life in hospital.


Thursday morning marked a tragic day as 74 lives were tragically lost. Out of the initial 88 individuals hospitalized, only 31 are currently receiving treatment.

Post-mortems have been diligently conducted on the 74 bodies recovered thus far. As of Saturday evening, 58 post-mortems were completed, with an additional 16 expected to be concluded by Sunday.

Joburg inner city building fire claims at least 73 lives

Joburg inner city building fire claims at least 73 lives

The aftermath of the incident has left 62 bodies unidentifiable at the Diepkloof Forensic Pathology Services mortuary, while 12 corpses have been successfully identified.

Distressed families have stepped forward, with 40 reporting their missing loved ones, leading to a list of 66 potential victims of the fire.


Nine families have been able to identify their loved ones among the 12 identifiable bodies. Once the necessary processes and required identification documents are submitted, the remains will be released to the families for proper burial.

In an effort to provide support during this difficult time, clergy and psychologists are offering counseling services on-site at the Diepkloof mortuary to help the grieving families cope with their loss.

Addressing concerns surrounding the fire incident, Parliament has announced its intention to launch an independent investigation.


Parliament’s spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, stated that the relevant committees will oversee both immediate and long-term efforts from the government branches to effectively respond to this disaster.


Mothapo emphasized the urgent need to address the alarming issue of building hijackings within the city, expressing deep concern over the matter. The assigned committees will also extensively investigate the compliance of both private and government buildings with safety regulations.




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