Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Punta del Este: After 48 hours of effort, firefighters douse the massive fire that broke out in the mall

After 48 hours and with several teams of firefighters who worked tirelessly to douse the fire that broke out early on Saturday. Punta Shopping in Punta del Este, The fire is confirmed under control. The walls collapsed and a part of the roof collapsed. “The fire in Punta Shopping was brought under control, but The work to put out the fire completely is on.“, reported the National Directorate of Firefighting in a brief statement.

However, a little more 40 firefighters According to the newspaper, they continue to work on-site removal and cooling operations. country of Uruguay,

So far, no one was reported injured And they continue to work in the area, in addition to the firefighters from Punta del Este, troops from the detachments of Agua, Montevideo, Pan de Azucar, Parque del Plata and Santa Teresa.

Punta del Este: The exact area of ​​the mall where the fire took a long time to extinguish. Photo: Country

“Right now the fire was brought under control“The firefighters’ director Ricardo Riano said after surveying the affected area this morning. “The affected area is relatively cold. There are hot spots, but they are very specific areas,” he assured.

Uruguay newspaper reported that “The flames spread throughout the basement and also on the ground floor. Part of the ceiling and walls have collapsed.”

The fire started at 4 a.m. on Saturday and 12 hours later the flames were put out in the subsoil, stopping the spread to the rest of the mall. However, this morning fire broke out And it was only around noon that it could be controlled again.

The flames spread throughout the subsurface and ground level, causing landslides and Over 80% structure damage of the entire building, published L’Observer.

Despite the fact that many firefighters are working, the fires in the Punta del Este shopping mall do not stop.  Photo: AFP.

Despite the fact that many firefighters are working, the fires in the Punta del Este shopping mall do not stop. Photo: AFP.

As per the latest reports provided by firefighters, the smoke and gases from the initial fire must have spread through the air ducts of the building,”increase structural status similar”.

“There are two fire attack points inside the mall, one in front of the complex (by Eve Roosevelt) and the other on the opposite side at the parking lot between San Francisco and Pascual Guttas Streets,” he said.

The fire department statement said that Some vehicles were also affected by the flames Located in the basement of the mall.

“We have managed to control the spread in the mall,” said the fire chief, who said there was a fire.There is practically no presence of flames”, he elaborated.

Although “there are hot spots within the burned area, we are working on removing and cooling the entire interior area.” These works, he estimates, “will take another day of work to consider the extinction of this area of ​​the mall,” he explained.

Regarding the destroyed areas of the mall, the Fire Chief assessed that “a very good percentage of the South Wing was saved”, as well as the casino and “several premises on the second floor, the first floor”.

Now the most complicated situation is that of the Tienda Inglesa complex, where, although the flames are controlled, the entire upper part of the supermarket is “at risk of structural collapse”, which could result in a “domino effect sweeping all material from above.” Godown “. That’s because he pointed out that the slab is “damaged.”

purchase statement

After the explosion in the early hours of Saturday, The mall issued an official statement.

“Since Saturday morning, the firefighters continue to work tirelessly. We appreciate all the hard work they put in. Shopping. will be closed until further notice, we will keep you informed. Thanks again for the love and support.”

The Mayor of the Department of Maldonado, Enrique Antia, indicated that “about 2,000 jobs have been distributed to about 200 businesses in the mall, which have now been put on hold with this incident.”

The Uruguayan official commented, “It’s a disgrace to many of the people who work there. A very bad moment for Maldonado.”

Horrible in Punta del Este shopping

fire Started at around 4 a.m. Saturday at the supermarket bakery English store located in Punta Shopping after the explosion of one of the ovens of a traditional bakery located in the shopping centre.

The explosion caused an immediate fire and a part of the building collapsed.

Work from several fire departments brought the blaze under control on Sunday, but in the last few hours, flames flared inside the building, burning a large part of it to ashes and causing new blazes in many places.

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