The president of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), Amos Linetzky, specified that the five dead in the Recoleta fire are members of a family from the Jewish community. “There are five victims who are from the community, it’s the first thing we know,” Linetzky said shortly after arriving at the scene of the incident. They were all members of the Jabbaz family. Those who died were grandmother, mother and three children. The father was admitted to intensive care.
“There are five victims who are from the community, it is the first thing we know,” Linetzky told the Jewish News Agency (AJN) shortly after the fire. The head of the AMIA attended the scene of the tragic event along with other members of the community. There they talked with the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
“Two women were transferred to the hospital, one 19 years old, who arrived with a cardiorespiratory arrest, they tried to revive her, but unfortunately she did not respond,” said the director of the Fernández Hospital, Ignacio Previgliano.who confirmed that the young woman “lived in the apartment that caught fire.”
The doctor explained that Apparently, the young woman died of having inhaled a lot of smoke and carbon monoxide.which he described as “a very serious and very difficult picture”.
The mother, meanwhile, died at the Ramos Mejía Hospital, while the other two minors died at the Pedro Elizalde Children’s Hospital..
“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”, they stated from the AMIA.
“The building of the fire is close to the traditional Jewish neighborhood of Once, where the largest number of Orthodox Jewish families in Argentina live, a few meters from the Jafez Chaim yeshiva (school of religious studies) of Rabbi Samuel Levin,” added the statement. AJN.
Previgliano explained to TN that Fernández was also transferred “a pregnant woman who was assisted and is in the obstetrics room, she is stable.”
Total, 35 people were assisted who inhaled carbon monoxide, 11 at the scene, while 19 were transferred in 25 ambulances to six health centers: Ricardo Gutiérrez Children’s Hospital, Ramos Mejía Hospital, Rivadavia Hospital, Férnandez Hospital, Pedro Pedro Elizalde and Durand Hospital.
As reported at first the fire was recorded in an area of 3x10x2.8 meters, it covered the kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroomall in general.
It also reached corridors and affected a living room of the apartment that occupies the entire eighth floor, while the rest of the rooms were only affected by smoke and broken glass.