Health Department building before the fire: Could the fire have been prevented?

Health Department building before the fire: Could the fire have been prevented?

- The fire that engulfed the government-used building in Johannesburg on Wednesday cost 3 lives

- It is believed the government was warned about the dangerous state of the building but they chose to ignore warnings

- The Gauteng MEC of Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo admitted the building's safety rating of 21% was far lower than the required 85%

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On Wednesday a fire broke out in the Health Department building in Johannesburg CBD. Firefighters bravely faced the inferno that ensued and sadly three lives were lost during the battle.

The fire has since been defeated but not before the tragic losses. Briefly.co.za reported on how South Africans mourned for the brave firefighters.

It has now come to light that the government was actually warned about the dangerous state of the Bank of Lisbon building that housed governmental departments.

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The South African reports that if the warnings given to the government by PSA (Public Servants Association), Denosa (Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa), and Nehawu ( National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union) were taken seriously, the fire could have been prevented.

In fact, only last month a protest was staged to move the officials to a safer environment but it was ignored.

According to Denosa's provincial chairperson Simphiwe Simphiwe Gada, the Gauteng MEC of Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo, received a report about the building's unfit state.

Mamabolo said no one would be moved or relocated but did admit the building's safety rating was far lower than the required 85% - it had a rating of 21%.

The building was clearly a risk for fire and the people who had to work there's lives were in danger.

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Here's a look at what the building looked like on the inside:

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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