A fire has calcined half of a shanty town located in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva). The fire has swept away 40% of the shanty camp – which has about 400 shacks – and a total of five hectares.
By the spread of the flames, about 400 people have been evicted, fortunately none of them have been injured. The Huelva Red Cross, together with the delegation from the Accem association, an organization specializing in welcoming refugees and migrants, have offered those affected water, masks, blankets and clothing.
As reported to Europa Press from the Provincial Fire Brigade Consortium, the fire has been extinguished this noon after declaring itself during the early morning. The Municipal Emergency Plan (PEM) of the town council has also been deactivated.
The fire started at 6:00 a.m. when the 112 emergency phone answered the first of numerous calls that alerted of a fire in a shanty town in Palos, near the San Jorge industrial estate.
The Huelva Provincial Firefighters Consortium -who moved units from up to three parks-, the Civil Guard, the Local Police and the Red Cross, were quickly activated to provide basic care for the evicted. It was also requested the collaboration of Infoca to avoid affecting the nearby forest area.
The mayor of Palos de la Frontera, Carmelo Romero, has stressed that “the outlook is bleak” and that those affected were currently relocating in the shacks that have been left standing. However, the City Council will provide an answer to those who need it.
For her part, the president of the Huelva Provincial Council, Maria Eugenia Limón, has lamented the fire and has offered the collaboration of the provincial institution. The Minister of Equality, Social Policies and Conciliation, Rocio Ruiz, has expressed its “solidarity and affection” and the disposition of its Department to all the entities that are assisting the affected people.
Finally, from IU they have asked the administrations for urgent accommodation for the affected people. They qualify as “intolerable shame“That the fires in the shanty towns of Huelva continue to occur” continuously. “All this, they insist, without” no administration has so far provided solutions to this serious problem of lack of human rights. “