Sat. Dec 14th, 2019

Watch: Rivonia Boulevard in Sandton is burning [video]

The blaze broke out at Rivonia Blvd and 9th Ave in Sandton, Johannesburg. Several stores are burning and firefighters were reportedly nowhere to be seen.

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Footage of the fire in Sandton was shared on social media by Yusuf Abramjee and bystanders. The fire broke out at the corner of Rivonia Boulevard and 9 Ave.

Rivonia Fire: Here’s what we know

Several bystanders shared clips of the blaze on Twitter, showing Istanbul Kebab and neighbouring stores engulfed in flames.

The Sandton Times reports that “total damages [are still] unknown”, and that firefighters reportedly took more than an hour to respond. However, these claims could not be confirmed by TheSouthAfrican.com.

Injured residents were airlifted

According to Emer-G-Med, their teams responded to a gas explosion in Rivonia where several residents sustained injuries. They also confirmed that firefighters were active at the scene:

“Multiple patients with serious injuries were treated and transported. The Netcare helicopter was activated to airlift the patients. Authorities and the fire department are still on scene.”

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Caption: #M07, #TM2 responded to a gas explosion on Rivonia Boulevard. Multiple patients with serious injuries were treated and transported. The Netcare helicopter was activated to airlift the patient. Authorities and the fire department are still on scene. / Image via Twitter: EMER_G_MED

A Netcare helicopter arrived at the scene and injured residents were airlifted to hospitals. The blaze was spreading fast and one netizen shared footage of the fire on Twitter, along with the caption:

“It seems to have started at the Lebanese restaurant, then Jabu Stone caught fire also. Tiger Wheel & Tyre may be next.”

This is a developing story. More to follow.

Watch: Blaze spreading along Rivonia Boulevard in Sandton

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