• Short Summary

    EAST LONDON, CAPE PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA

    Five people were killed in East London, South Africa on May 21, when a fire raged out of control through the Elco department store.

  • Description

    MAY 21
    1. GV ZOOM INTO SV Blaze in Elco department store. 0.04
    2. SV Onlookers in street. 0.07
    MAY 22
    3. GVs PAN Gutted store, workers cutting through debris. (3 SHOTS) 0.29
    4. SV PAN FROM Watches found in debris TO debris. 0.36
    5. SV & GVs Collapsed walls; melted bricks, man working. (3 SHOTS) 1.10
    6. SV PAN FROM Police car TO burned out building. 1.21
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    Background: EAST LONDON, CAPE PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA

    Five people were killed in East London, South Africa on May 21, when a fire raged out of control through the Elco department store. Three victims were employees of the store, but two bodies, found following day, May 22 had not bee identified by May 23. An estimated 5 million rands (4 million US dollars) of damage was done. The store was completely gutted. Firemen spent May 22 combing through mounds of debris left when the ceiling caved in and the walls collapsed. They were searching for more bodies or any clues to the cause of the fire. It was thought the blaze had begun in a basement. Three people had apparently tried to put it out but had been trapped by smoke and flames until rescued by firemen. They were recovering in hospital and police were due to question them.

    Source: SABC

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1ASV2NZKJTLTXBAKSE4CYCKKD
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ASV2NZKJTLTXBAKSE4CYCKKD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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