Fire reduces three stores at the Golfito Depósito Libre to ashes

Cuerpo de Bomberos photo Smoke billows from the affected stores at the Depósito Monday afternoon

Three stores where Costa Rican residents purchase bargain goods were reduced to ashes Monday.

The blaze was at the Depósito Libre de Golfito, a place that enjoys a special tax status to encourage development in the region in southwest Costa Rica.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos said the alarm came in at 2:47 p.m. The first firemen who arrived at the scene said that three stores were consumed completely by fire. The blaze was brought under control at 4:08, firemen said.

Destroyed were stores 47, 48 and 49. Each is two stories.

Cuerpo de Bomberos photo The structures were fully involved in flames when firemen arrived, they said.

Firemen from Golfito and Ciudad Neily participated.

The extent of the destruction is about 1,550 square meters or about 11,300 square feet, said a report from the bomberos.

The Depósito has had blazes in 2001 and 2004.

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