Five people died, two women and three children who belonged to the same family, and 35 were injured as a result of the fire unleashed on the seventh floor of a 14-story building located at 1026 Ecuador Street, almost Córdoba Avenue, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Recoleta. Following, the dramatic testimonies of the neighbors and what is known so far about the causes of the accident.
“Get up there is fire”
Naomiwho lives on the sixth floor of the same building, said that “I was sleeping when suddenly I heard noises of debris falling to the floor. My husband told me ‘Get up, there’s a fire’. We run out, go down the stairs, hit all the doors from the fifth down to get everyone out. We do not know what caused the fire”, in dialogue with C5N.
“I met the father of the familywho asked for help. She grabbed the fire extinguisher from the stairwell, but couldn’t get back into the apartment because it was on fire. He was nervous, and he could not speak, “he added about the dramatic moment he lived the man who is intubated in intensive care.
“I thought everything was going to explode”
For its part, painsa neighbor, told IP News that “at about 6 a.m. I woke up to a noise. I thought it was hailing. Within two minutes, I heard a desperate cry for help. I went to the window and I saw a tremendous flare. Debris was falling on the gas station next door and I thought everything was going to explode”.
“I saw super thick black smoke and I managed to identify that there were people on the terrace. You saw the lights of their cell phones through the smoke and you could locate them that way. many were trapped”, he continued.
“We heard a lot of screaming, it was desperate, because we couldn’t do anything”
One of the gas station employees next to the building told AM750 that, seeing the smoke and the fire, they notified 911. “The firefighters and the ambulances fell quickly. We heard a lot of screaming. It was desperate because from our place we could do nothing but wait”, he detailed.
For its part, Tamara Y Lourdesother workers from the same station, added to The thirteen that “in less than five minutes we took out the people who were loading gas, cut off the supplies and called the Fire Department”. “While we were waiting for the firefighters, we lit the cicadas to wake people up. Those who were already awake were screaming for help. I had never experienced anything like this.”
Nicholas, a newspaperman who works a few meters from the place, reported that the first thing he heard was some “’sparks’, like when one makes a barbecue. I went out to see what it was and when I looked up I saw that one of the balconies of the building was on fire”.
What is known so far about the causes of the fire
So far it is known that the fire broke out at 5.50 on the seventh floor of the building while its occupants were sleeping. The flames spread to the upper floor, forcing the evacuation and rescue of all the inhabitants of the building.
Shortly before 8:30 a.m., the fire chief declared the fire situation to be “fully controlled“and that the experts They were preparing to begin the corresponding investigation tasks to determine the causes that originated the fire.. As a precaution, the gas supply in the whole block.
Although versions circulated in some media that the flames could have been caused by a heating device or an electrical fault, the truth is that there is still no hypothesis clear about what caused the fire, since The corresponding tests have not yet been completed.
This was stated by the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, who visited the scene of the tragedy and when asked about the causes of the fire, asked for caution. “That is being studied, the origin is being evaluated and, as soon as the report is ready, we will make it known”held.
The five fatal victims belonged to the Jewish community
For his part, the president of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), Amos Linetzkysaid to Telam that the five fatal victims belonged to the jewish community.
“It is about the Jabbaz family, of which five members died: the grandmother, the mother and the three children. the father of the family, Ioni Jabbazis intubated in intensive care,” added the Jewish News Agency (AJN) based on community sources.
“With deep regret, we express our condolences to the loved ones of the people who died in the terrible fire this morning, in the building on Ecuador Street. We wish the speedy recovery of those injured in this tragedy that saddens the entire society,” added the AJN.
In closing, he stressed thatthe building of the fire is close to the traditional Jewish neighborhood of Oncewhere the largest number of Orthodox Jewish families in Argentina live, a few meters from the yeshiva (school of religious studies) Chafez Chaim of Rabbi Samuel Levin”.