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Johannesburg emergency services say this week’s fire had ‘nothing to do with foreign nationals’

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Johannesburg emergency services say this week’s fire had ‘nothing to do with foreign nationals’
A massive fire swept through an iconic building in Johannesburg last week, the Grand Station Hotel, displacing residents and destroying about 10 stores as people tried to save their possessions by throwing them out of windows. Social media posts shared by thousands of people claimed the August 4 fire was started by foreign nationals, reflecting long-standing tensions over immigration in South Africa. But Johannesburg emergency medical services have dismissed this rumour, saying the fire was sparked by a stove that exploded inside the building and that it had “nothing to do with foreign nationals”.
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