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Investigation launched into Braamfontein office park fire

21 April 2017, 03:25 | Bernard Bryant

A fire has broken out at Braamfontein Johannesburg building

A fire has broken out at Braamfontein Johannesburg building

"What we know is that the Braampark is on fire".

Police have opened a case of arson and will be investigating what led to Tuesday afternoon's fire at the Braamfontein office park in Johannesburg.

A fire engine at the entrance to the office park, with the top floor of the building at the back.

"We had to get water from the street".

There were about a thousand workers in the building when the fire broke out.

Initial images only revealed smoke emanating from the building's roof.

"The first fire engine arrived, but there was no water in fire hydrants around the building, so we sourced water from around the block", he said.

Zanele Ngumbela, 28, said she'd been having lunch nearby when she saw what at first looked like dust on the roof.

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Snaps of the blaze, which has engulfed the Forum 1/A building, began appearing on the social network around 2pm SAST. He suspects it was caused by a short circuit.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said that no one was seriously injured.

An employee who works on the top floor said they were fortunate to have escaped.

The buildings close to the office park were being evacuated. "The ground floor wasn't damaged because they could extinguish the fire in time".

There have also been "no injuries or fatalities reported", the City of Joburg's Twitter account adds. One woman was hospitalised for smoke inhalation.

FNB's building manager, who didn't want to give his name, referred queries to the bank's head office.

At this stage it is not known what the cause of the fire was, however, fire fighters are battling the blaze.

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