New Zealand hostel fire – level 2

22-5-2023 15:00

A fire happened in a hostel in Wellington, New Zealand. It was a four-story building called Loafers Lodge.

The fire started just after midnight and emergency services saved over 50 people. But 11 people were still missing. The prime minister said that at least six people died, but there were probably some more dead bodies. They don’t know what caused the fire yet. Firefighters arrived quickly, but the top floor was already on fire. The building had asbestos inside and officials warned people to wear a face mask and close their windows.

Many people lived in the hostel. Some people were unemployed or homeless. Nurses and hospital staff also lived there.

Difficult words: hostel (a place where students, travelers, or others can sleep and get some food), asbestos (a heat-resistant mineral which is dangerous for people), unemployed (without a job).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What safety precautions were put in place for the people living at Loafers Lodge due to the presence of asbestos?


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