More than 70 people have been killed in a pre-dawn fire that ripped through a multi-story building housing homeless people in South Africa.
It is set to become one of the deadliest fires worldwide in recent years.
Emergency Services spokesman, Robert Mulaudzi said another 52 people were injured in the blaze in Johannesburg, the country’s biggest city.
“We have now 73 fatalities and 52 people injured who were transported to various healthcare facilities for further medical care,” Mulaudzi said.
At least seven children were among those killed by the flames, in what is on track to become one of the deadliest fires worldwide in recent years.
The youngest victim was less than two years old, he said. Some were left burned beyond recognition.
Firefighters at the scene have put out the flames and are “busy with damping down”, while search and recovery operations are ongoing, Mulaudzi said.
“We are moving floor by floor conducting these body recoveries,” he told local broadcaster ENCA.