Greater than a dozen individuals had been killed in a fiery blaze that erupted inside considered one of a number of adjoining nightclubs within the southeastern Spanish metropolis of Murcia early Sunday morning.
Mayor José Ballesta wrote on X that 13 individuals had died within the fireplace, amending earlier experiences as extra victims had been positioned amid the smoky break.
The hearth broke out within the early hours Sunday on the Fonda nightclub within the metropolis’s Atalayas district, the southeastern metropolis’s emergency providers stated.
The blaze then unfold subsequent door to the Teatre nightclub, a spokesperson for the membership stated. It additionally unfold to a 3rd adjoining nightclub.
The victims had been discovered within the Fonda nightclub, which sustained the vast majority of injury, together with a collapsed roof, based on Diego Seral, Spain’s Nationwide Police spokesman.
The collapsed roof on the membership had difficult restoration efforts for first responders, officers stated.
Movies posted on-line confirmed thick, darkish smoke pouring out of the nightclub’s home windows as firefighters labored in opposition to vibrant orange flames at nighttime.
Ballesta informed reporters that seven our bodies had been discovered on the primary ground, the place the fireplace broke out.
About 40 firefighters and 12 firetrucks had been despatched to work on the scene, the rescue service wrote on-line.
Emergency providers continued to work within the space, Ballesta stated at about 2 p.m. native time, hours after the blaze first broke out at about 6 a.m.
In keeping with Spanish media, a number of birthday celebrations had been being held on the golf equipment in a single day.
“I feel we left 30 seconds to 1 minute earlier than the alarms went off and all of the lights went out (and) the screams saying there was a hearth,” one survivor, who was not recognized, informed Reuters.
“5 members of the family and two buddies are lacking.”
Ballesta has decreed three days of mourning in Murcia. Flags had been lowered to half-mast exterior Murcia’s Metropolis Corridor.
“We’re devastated,” Ballesta stated on Spanish TV channel 24h, including rescuers had been nonetheless trying to find a number of individuals reported lacking.
4 individuals have been handled in hospital for smoke inhalation.
The reason for the fireplace was not instantly clear.
With Put up wires