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The fire in the Badalona ship already claims 3 dead and 7 seriously injured

Barcelona, ​​Dec 10 (EFE) .- The fire that broke out last night in an occupied warehouse in Badalona (Barcelona) has already claimed three deaths and 23 injuries, seven of them seriously, among the hundred immigrants who have been sheltering for years in that abandoned industrial area that they had set up as a home. After the two deaths confirmed at dawn, around noon this Thursday, the Fire Brigade of the Generalitat located the body of a third person at the back of the enclosure, where many of the building’s occupants tried to flee the flames last night. In fact, the Firefighters do not rule out that there are more deaths, since so far they have only been able to inspect half of the ships, with the help of drones and dogs from the Mossos d’Esquadra canine unit. The fire has also left 23 injured, four of them serious and three critical, who have been transferred to the Germans Trias i Pujol hospitals in Badalona and Vall d’Hebron and Hospital del Mar, in Barcelona. The difficulties in inspecting the ship for now prevent hypothesis about the causes of the fire, although some of the occupants have explained to the media that it originated when a candle fell in one of the rooms enabled as a bedroom and, later, the fire grew with such virulence that it rendered useless attempts to extinguish it with fire extinguishers. As detailed by the Minister of the Interior, Miquel Sàmper, from the scene of the events, the fire started in the front part of the nave and, due to the chimney effect, it went up an internal staircase to the rear, where many of the occupants from the building they ran to flee through the windows, located 9 meters high. It is precisely that rear part of the building that is feared may contain the most corpses, since it has not yet been fully inspected. “It is possible that we have the option of finding even more victims, hopefully not so”, said the minister. As a result of the virulence of the fire, which according to witnesses later caused some deflagration, the ship has been very deteriorated and with a high risk of sinking, which has caused four collapses, the last of which has been on the verge of reaching firefighters. The fire has uncovered the precarious conditions in which the occupants of the compound lived, located in the Gorg district of Badalona and made up of two interconnected warehouses that housed, for the most part, immigrants of sub-Saharan origin who survived by collecting scrap metal and old furniture . As explained by the mayor of Badalona, ​​Xavier García-Albiol, the city council had opened an administrative process of urban sanction to the owners of the ship and was aware, as was the previous government team, that dozens of people lived in the premises. people for eight or nine years. The consistory, which will decree three days of official mourning, had initiated an administrative process of urban sanction against the company that owns this ship for “non-compliance” with municipal ordinances, since the use of the premises is industrial, but it has been used for some time years as a home. The city council has contacted a company to proceed with the tasks of total demolition of the ship, which in any case will not be able to begin for a few days, once the work of the firefighters and the investigations of the Mossos d’Esquadra to determine the causes of the fire. Meanwhile, the Generalitat, through social services, and the Badalona City Council have agreed to relocate in the medium term the people who lived in the burned-out building and an office has been set up in the neighborhood to attend to the victims. (c) EFE Agency

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