Monday, June 13, 2011

12 die in blaze at a Gauteng home for the aged

Lusanda Bill
13 June 2011


Twelve people died and some 50 were injured in a fire at a care centre for the elderly and mentally handicapped in Springs in Gauteng early this morning.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks says when paramedics arrived at the Struisbult Care Centre shortly after midnight they found fire fighters from the Ekhurleni Metro Fire Department battling the blaze which had swept through a large portion of the single story structure.

The flames were quickly brought under control and the victims and survivors were pulled from the building by the rescue teams.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established.

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