Jeppe chaos leaves three dead, 12 arrested

By Doug Mattushek - 02 September 2019Views : 5450

A fatal fire broke out in Jeppestown on Sunday, leading to looters taking advantage of the chaos.

TimesLIVE reports that an old building caught alight early on Sunday morning. While firefighters and police were getting the blaze under control, looters began to take advantage and break into shops.

"We received a call of a burning building at around 5am," confirmed EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi told TimesLIVE.

"Paramedics attended to the blaze but unfortunately three people were certified dead. One person was injured and treated for smoke inhalation."

The blaze spread to a second-hand car dealership, where several cars were destroyed. Amid the chaos, the looting continued.

"Some criminals that were within the area they started looting several shops that were around the vicinity, that's when we responded as police and arrested suspects," added. Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo.

"The cause of fire is unknown at this stage and those that were arrested were changed with public violence."

Police confirmed that 12 suspects had been arrested for looting.