Tower Block Catches Fire Before Collapsing In Brazil

by Antonio Miles May 2, 2018, 1:50
Tower Block Catches Fire Before Collapsing In Brazil

In the city of são Paulo in Brazil as a result of fire struck the 26-storey residential building.

De Souza and other residents speculated to local media that the fire was caused by a gas leak.

Evacuees told the police that part of the building's inhabitants managed to escape on time. According to some information, the fallen building was inhabited by homeless people.

Lohany Michely, 37, said she was asleep with her boyfriend and dog in their apartment on the third floor of the building when she began hearing people outside yell about a fire.

According to the information provided by the Sao Paulo Fire Service, at least 160 personnel and 57 units of equipment were involved in the operation.

At least one person died and three others were missing, authorities said. "We don't know how many people were in the building so we don't know whether we'll find more victims in the ruins".

About 150 firefighters were battling the blaze, which started at about 1:30 a.m. local time.

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Poor families often squat in disused buildings or set up tents and shacks on vacant land, sometimes next to wealthy areas.

During a brief visit to the area Tuesday, President Michel Temer told reporters that the government would help those affected by the fire.

An adjacent building caught fire, but was evacuated and no one was injured. "I could not take anything with me".

The fire highlights the perils of Sao Paulo's affordable housing crisis.

São Paulo governor, Marcio França, went to the site early Tuesday morning and told a TV news crew that these buildings are hazardous to live in.

Firefighters said they believed there were victims, but it was unclear how many. "The state should not have allowed it to be occupied".

"There was no security, there were not adequate electrical installations, there were no safe staircases, there were piles of rubbish - there was everything you need to start a major fire", he said.


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