Nine people lost their lives in a fire allegedly provoked in a supply center in the city of Toluca, near Mexico City, the government and the State of Mexico prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The Toluca supply center is the second largest in Mexico, with some 26,000 daily visitors, according to the local government.
According to the authorities, the fire could be related to internal conflicts for the possession of the businesses, through judicial actions, threats and various aggressions previously registered, said the official report.
The events occurred in an area where there are semi-permanent retail establishments, where various subjects carrying small arms would have entered, the authorities added based on images captured by security cameras.
These people would have made detonations and sprayed a substance to be determined that would have caused the fire to later flee in a vehicle. The mayor of Toluca, Raymundo Martínez, told the Milenio newspaper that the fire was probably the result of conflicts between vendors and store owners.