Four people die in a fire in a busy place in Barcelona’s Plaza de Tetuan

Four people, two of them a baby and a three-year-old, have died this morning in a fire in an occupied premises at number 20 of the Tetuan square, and four others have been slightly injured and have been rescued by firefighters in the courtyard where they had taken refuge. These four have been transferred to hospitals for inhalation of smoke, which apparently has been the cause of death of the deceased.

Ángel López, Chief of the Firefighters Operational Service from Barcelona explained that a notice was received at 5.53: “We received it from a person who saw flames and smoke coming out of a presumably occupied premises, an old bank office. We have arrived and we have found the fire very developed and there were four people confined in a patio calling for help & rdquor ;.

Refugees in a courtyard

In the part most affected by the fire, López said, there were the fatalities: “We have found four people inside, which were not identified. With the help of EMS, we have started resuscitation maneuvers and we have put out the fire. Unfortunately, there have been four victims. Two adults, a baby and a three-year-old. They have suffered the effects of smoke & rdquor ;. López added that the fire had been extinguished and that there was no risk to residents of higher floors, so no one had to be evicted.

In the local resided a family of four and at least four other people. Apparently there were coexistence problems that led to some neighbors to call 112 several times to alert of conflicts. The last fight that was reported took place this very night: hours before the fire: a Mossos patrol has come to the place, according to sources consulted by EL PERIÓDICO

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Owned by a bank

The mayoress from Barcelona, Ada Colau, who has traveled to the scene, has ensured that the local belonged to a bank, Evo Banco, “that he had disengaged” from the premises, as from all those he had in the city, when he left Barcelona, ​​and that the municipal social services had contacted the affected family. They had been offered food and medical aid, as well as monitoring of schooling. “It is terrible news and we will inform about what is happening, but we cannot speculate about what happened,” he assured. “It was not a house, it was a bank office. It cannot be that the entities ignore each other. What is clear is that the premises did not have the conditions of a house,” he complained. The Minister of the Interior, Joan Ignasi Elena, along with Colau, also regretted what happened and reported that the Mossos d’Esquadra have opened an investigation.

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