Spain’s nightclubs fire – level 3

03-10-2023 15:00

A tragic fire in adjacent Spanish nightclubs in Murcia, south-eastern Spain, has claimed the lives of at least 13 people, with fears that the death toll may rise further as rescue teams continue searching for missing people.

The fire occurred in the early hours at the two-story Teatre nightclub, also known as Fonda Milagros. Rescue workers faced challenges due to the collapsed roof of the Fonda nightclub, which sustained the most damage. The exact cause and location of the fire remained uncertain, hampering the identification of victims. Four survivors were injured, suffering from smoke inhalation.

The mayor of Murcia declared three days of mourning, and the Spanish prime minister expressed solidarity with the victims’ families. This tragedy recalls previous nightclub disasters in Spain, including a floor collapse in Tenerife in 2017 and a fatal fire in Zaragoza in 1990.

Difficult words: adjacent (next to or connected to something), hamper (to restrict the movement by obstacles), solidarity (the feeling of support for each other).

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