Disasters & Accidents

Thirteen dead and one missing in nightclub fire in Spain

Murcia, Spain, Oct 1 (EFE).- At least thirteen people died and four were injured in the fire that broke out around six o’clock in the morning Sunday at a nightclub in Murcia, southeastern Spain.

The fire started at the Fonda Milagros nightclub and spread to two other establishments in the Las Atalayas entertainment district, where the search for possible victims continued at the time of writing.

Police reported that one of the fourteen people reported missing by family and friends had been found alive, while the search continues for another missing person.

DNA samples have already been taken from relatives of the missing to confirm the identities of the bodies found.

According to the police, the structure of the damaged building has been severely damaged and has collapsed, making it necessary to carry out reinforcement work to prevent further landslides and ensure the safety of rescue and emergency teams.

It will take several days to complete this work and to lower the high temperatures inside the damaged buildings.

The death toll continued to rise throughout Sunday morning, and a team of psychologists was set up in the nearby Palacio de los Deportes to help family and friends of the victims.

The father of a young Ecuadorian woman, 28, told reporters that she had sent her mother a farewell audio message saying, “Mommy, I love you, I’m going to die.”

This is the deadliest fire in a nightclub in Spain since the 1990 tragedy at the Flying discotheque in Zaragoza, where 43 people died. EFE


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