Gauteng Premier David Makhura has announced that the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg has been temporarily closed.

He says patients have been transferred to other hospitals to avoid them getting smoke inhalation as smoke has entered some wards.

The fire, which started on Friday morning, has been contained but the structure of the building is reported to have been compromised.

Makhura says they had no choice but to close the hospital for at least a week.

“It is not an easy decision that we had to make. We must put out the fire. We must call in all the relevant support and resources to put out the fire. This fire must not get to damage the rest of the building. It has damaged the areas now, the parking area and some of the areas still have cars that are still parked in here but the fire is contained,” explained Premier Makhura.

Makhura’s speaks to journalists outside the hospital in the video below: