Brakpan Fire Engulfs 9 Stores While Flames Lick Nearby Hotel and Flat

Brakpan Fire Engulfs 9 Stores While Flames Lick Nearby Hotel and Flat

- Around nine Brakpan stores have been left ravaged by a raging fire that started early this Friday morning

- According to various resources, the cause of the deadly flames is still being investigated

- South African firefighters worked tirelessly to contain the flames that had reached a hotel and part of a residential flat

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Brakpan residents have been left traumatised after a raging fire burnt down nine shops early this Friday morning. According to reports, the cause of the deadly blaze on Kitzinger Street in the Brakpan CBD is unknown.

The fire also managed to burn a part of a residential flat down, leaving some residents desperate and destitute without a home. A part of a hotel nearby the shops also received some damage as a result of the fire.

Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services spokesperson William Ntladi confirmed that firefighters were on the scene trying to contain the fire to the best of their ability early this morning. Sharing the news on Twitter, @YusufAbramjee wrote:

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"Fire: Brakpan. Nine stores destroyed."

Meanwhile, South Africans have shared their thoughts on the fire and the devastation it brought upon Brakpan early this morning. Read their comments below:

@Spha_Khabzo said:

"Only a matter of time before most stores burn. They are fire hazards. Stores double up as stock rooms and filled to capacity. I wonder if inspections are ever done. Especially in JHB CBD."

@kevin2mie speculated:

"Some of those shops are sleeping rooms and kitchens. I guess someone was trying fish and the next thing Boom."

@Lethabokeletso2 said:

"Sad. I hope they are all insured."
Brakpan Fire Engulfs 9 Stores While Flames Lick Nearby Hotel and Flat

Nine shops have been completely razed after a raging fire started in Brakpan CND this morning. Images: @YusufAbramjee
Source: Twitter also reported that a lady lost her R350k Mercedes-Benz to fire hours after flaunting the luxury car on social media. In a video making the rounds on social media, the lady could be seen in her whip expressing joy after acquiring the new machine.

The car, however, went up in flames hours after the lady flaunted it on social media, andpeople could not stop talking about the sad incident. After the video was shared on Instagram by @mediagist, a user with the handle @sleekysleekypee wrote:

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"Hope she did comprehensive insurance on that vehicle. If so, then she would be alright."

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