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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Deadly blaze struck Salvador at least one person killed

Deadly blaze struck Salvador

A major fire broke out in El Salvador's Finance Ministry on Friday killing at least one person, injuring a number of others and prompting some inside to jump from the building before the blaze was extinguished, emergency services said.

A man died from burns and smoke inhalation on the fifth floor of the nine-story building, said an emergency services spokesman, Carlos Fuentes. Local television footage suggested the fire began on the fifth floor.
Local video showed one person jumping from the top of the building and landing heavily on a lower roof near the ground. The head of emergency services, Jorge Melendez, told Salvadoran TV it was not clear if they had survived the fall.

Local television also quoted a doctor from a city hospital saying that a woman had died, but that could not immediately be confirmed.
Fuentes said a few people had jumped from the fifth and sixth floors of the burning building, suffering injuries.
Around 50 people were evacuated from the building and 25 people were taken to hospital for treatment for burns and smoke inhalation, Fuentes said.
The government sent in helicopters to rescue people in the ministry in the capital, San Salvador, as video showed thick plumes of smoke streaming from the building.
Jose Alfaro, another spokesman for local emergency services, said there was no one left trapped in the building.

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