Woman arrested after fatal fire engulfs hijacked building in Joburg CBDPosted by On

The City of Joburg has confirmed that the gutted building was hijacked.

A suspect has been arrested for arson in connection with the fire that broke out at a hijacked building in the central business district (CBD) of Johannesburg.

This is according to the City of Joburg.


Speaking to reporters at the scene, Joburg city manager Floyd Brink said an unidentified woman was apprehended and was now in the possession of the South African Police Service (Saps).

“It does seem at this point the fire was started by a specific person… it’s a female. We have handed over [her] to Saps [and] we are now waiting for the investigations to unfold,” he said on Sunday.

Brink said the metropolitan municipality’s own forensic team was deployed to inspect the building.

“It’s now really up to Saps to be able to indicate to us exactly from that side in terms of the fire. But what we can indicate to you is that it took about 10 minutes or so for out teams to be on site in order for them to start extinguishing the fire,” the city manager continued.

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He revealed that the blaze was picked up by the city’s camera systems.

“We [did not] receive any calls from anyone so through our own systems we have managed to detect [the fire] and that’s how we then deployed our teams with our fire engines.”

Brink also confirmed that the building was…

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