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Nightclub fire in Murcia claims 13 lives


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Spain nightclub fire devastates community in Murcia

A tragic fire in a nightclub in Murcia, southeast Spain, has resulted in the death of at least 13 individuals, according to emergency services.

Rescue teams continue their search for those still unaccounted for following the incident.

Eyewitness accounts detail horrifying scenes

Outside the affected venue, visibly shaken young individuals comforted one another, eagerly awaiting any news on the situation.

One survivor recalled the moments before the escape: “I think we left 30 seconds to 1 minute before the alarms went off and all the lights went out… the screams saying there was a fire.”

This individual went on to say, “Five family members and two friends are missing.”

It was reported by local Spanish media that several of the victims were part of a group celebrating a birthday.

Updates on the investigation and impact on adjacent venues

Diego Seral from Spain’s National Police disclosed that the deceased were located within the Fonda Milagros nightclub.

This venue, one of three interconnected clubs, suffered the brunt of the damage, including a roof collapse.

Seral noted the challenges in identifying the start of the fire and locating potential victims, primarily due to the structural collapse.

Presently, the police have been unable to thoroughly inspect the site due to persisting high temperatures and risks of further collapses.

Regarding the identification of the victims, Seral stated that it will take time.

Throughout the day, the death toll has increased to 13, and investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.

Murcia’s Mayor, Jose Ballesta, informed the press that seven bodies were found on the first floor, the same location where the fire allegedly started.

Maria Dolores Albellan, a representative for the Teatre nightclub, highlighted that the fire began in Fonda Milagros before it spread to the adjacent clubs.

Community response and aftermath

In a tribute to the victims, Ballesta announced three days of mourning, symbolised by flags set at half mast outside Murcia’s City Hall.

Videos released by Murcia’s fire service revealed firefighters battling to subdue the flames within the club, showing the extent of the roof’s destruction.

Ballesta, appearing deeply affected, expressed his anguish on Spanish TV channel 24h, stating that the rescue operations are still ongoing for several missing individuals.

He confirmed that the fire began around 6 am and is now under control.

Additionally, four individuals have been admitted to the hospital for treatment related to smoke inhalation.

IFSJ Comment

The tragic events unfolding in Murcia’s nightclub underscore the pressing need for stringent fire safety regulations in public spaces worldwide.

Such incidents remind us of the crucial role fire safety plays in protecting lives.

As details emerge, we hope lessons are learned to prevent future tragedies of this nature.

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