Field fire ignites Pavas warehouse complex

A field fire is being blamed for causing a spectacular blaze that ravaged part of an industrial area in Pavas Wednesday. The Cuerpo de Bomberos said that 1,750 square meters (18,837 square feet) of a 6,675  square meter (71,849 square feet) complex were destroyed.

The blaze engulfed large storage facilities of Tips, the kitchen appliance and commercial furniture firm as well as adjacent facilities. A firm involved in the manufacture of clothing was burned out, and the refrigeration firm Clima Ideal S.A., lost a warehouse. The properties were in the Zona Industrial Pavas.

Firemen were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the blaze and the shortage of water. Six tankers were at the scene but the service in the street was less than adequate. The blaze burned furiously because the content of some large storage warehouses were mainly cartons and plastic.

About 50 persons were working the warehouse complex, and most were involved in removing boxes, furniture and computers to protect them from the encroaching flames.

There were no injuries from the fire, but a fireman suffered an injury to his shoulder when he was hit by a ladder. He was reported hospitalized in stable condition.

The alarm came in about 2:23 p.m. Winds fanned the field fire and allowed it to jump to the nearby structures.

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