- Shoppers were left reeling after a portion of roof collapsed at the Central Park Mall in Bloemfontein
- Emergency crews rushed to the scene, with three casualties reported
- Luckily, no citizens were trapped underneath the fallen rubble
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Shoppers were running their respective errands at the Central Park Mall in Bloemfontein when a roof collapsed.
The Manguang Fire and Rescue Services, along with police officials, rushed to the scene, expecting the worst.
Thankfully, the January slump meant that the Free State mall wasn't as busy as what it could have been just weeks ago.
Three people were injured in the collapse, not the '16 to 18 casualties' reported when the incident occurred.
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No citizens were trapped under the rubble of the roof, a merciful ending to what could have been a truly tragic incident.
The South African reports that the doors to the shopping centre were closed, with security personnel ensuring no-one enters.
The true extent of the damage done is still being established. It is understood that the collapsed roof is situated near a KFC fast food outlet, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Along with the roof itself, a nearby wall has also been damaged. Construction was underway in the basement of the building, above a large bus terminal.
Citizens took to social media to condemn the condition of the centre, with allegations that the building had been in a sorry state for 'years.
As of now, no fatalities have been reported. This is a developing story, updates will be provided as they occur.
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