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Valencia: fire devours two skyscrapers in Valencia, at least 4 bodies charred – News

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Valencia: fire devours two skyscrapers in Valencia, at least 4 bodies charred – News

There are four confirmed victims, and at least twenty people missing, who the firefighters believe not to have survived, of the enormous fire that devoured and reduced a 14-storey building in the Campanar district of Valencia to a burning skeleton. The flames, which broke out at 5.30pm from the eighth floor for reasons still under investigation, due to the strong westerly wind and the high temperatures of 25 degrees, quickly spread along the vertical of the skyscraper and also extended to the tower 2, in the same block as the residential complex, where a total of around 350 people live in 140 apartments.

According to a provisional estimate, confirmed to the national TV RTVE by the deputy director of emergency coordination, Jorge Suarez, at least 4 bodies were located on the ninth floor of tower 1 by the fire brigade drones, which due to the very high temperatures cannot yet enter the building. building, at risk of collapse. “We cannot give further information at the moment, we are working to cool the building,” Suarez said. But at least twenty other people are missing “and there is no hope of finding them alive”, according to the firefighters quoted by the Levante newspaper. Another 14 people were injured, with fractures, burns and smoke intoxication, including several firefighters and a child, hospitalized in various hospitals in the city.

Numerous residents, including a father with his daughter and a couple, who had been trapped for a long time on the balconies of the upper floors of the building, were brought to safety by the firefighters, who rushed to the scene with dozens of teams, while a hospital was being set up to camp and send mobile burn and resuscitation units. The firefighters have not yet inspected the interior of the building, which risks collapsing. The 112 emergency services avail themselves of the collaboration of the Ume, the military unit of the army, which sent a caravan of vehicles from Madrid to bring the flames under control and secure the two towers. The testimonies of the residents of the luxury residential complex, in one of the expansion areas of the city, symbol of the real estate boom, are dramatic. “We saw the windows explode from the fire and the temperature became unbearable and we fled outside. But there were still many people inside, screaming desperately looking for their relatives and who were told by the firefighters to put wet clothes under them. the doors to try to block the flames and smoke”, said Vicente, interviewed by national TV RTVE. “We are surprised by the speed with which the flames spread, an hour later the fire also reached tower 2, there are still many people inside”, Adriana Banu, the administrator of the complex, said in shock and tears. to the local media Levante. According to an initial reconstruction by the firefighters, the insulating material on the buildings built 15 years ago would have favored the rapid development of the fire, even without the fire prevention systems having been activated.

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The vice-president of the Order of Industrial Technical Engineers of Valencia, Esther Pchades, who carried out an assessment of the skyscraper, attributed the voracity of the flames to the coating of a layer of polyurethane between the aluminum plates that covered the facade, a “highly flammable” product , which caused the flames to spread to the entire building in less than half an hour,” he told Valencian TV A’ Punt. According to the expert, the fire will establish “a before and after” in Spain, where until now no episode of such dramatic proportions had occurred. After the fire in the Grenfell skyscraper in London in 2017, which caused dozens of victims, some countries, including Great Britain, banned polyurethane in facade construction, but not Spain where, especially during the real estate boom of decade 2000-2009, the date in which the construction of the two towers of Valencia dates back, would have been widely used. And “it still is, although isolated with fire barriers”, to prevent the spread of fire in the event of a fire. According to Puchades, after today’s fire in Spain, where so far no fire of such vast proportions had occurred, the legislation could be revised to ban the use of polyurethane in building cladding. Meanwhile, during the night in Valencia, a solidarity competition among citizens to reallocate the evacuated families who were all hosted, including in hotels and reception facilities, after having lost everything in the tragic fire.

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