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ems joburgNews24 reports that a fire has destroyed a mattress factory in Nancefield, Johannesburg, with the owner, Imran Kazi, indicating that the factory was burnt to the ground and all the machinery was destroyed.

Johannesburg Emergency Medical Services (EMS) received a call alerting it to the fire at around 08:00 on Monday. EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi reported: "The cause of the fire is unknown. It was extinguished by two fire engines, a water tanker and 12 firefighters." However, Kazi complained that they arrived 45 minutes late, claiming they were "useless". Responding to the claim, Mulaudzi said: "We can confirm that we have responded to the incident within the reasonable time. If we didn't respond swiftly, the fire could have spread to adjacent factories, causing severe damage. Firefighters, who responded to the incident, must be commended for their swift response." Kazi reported that no staff members had been injured.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Amy Gibbings at News24


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