Asuncion. Oct. 6, EFE.- A fire broke out in Chacarita on Friday, which is one of Asuncion’s most beloved and modest neighborhoods.
Firefighters were able to control the flames that quickly spread amongst the homes near El Cabildo (the old Congress headquarters) in Asuncion’s historic centre after several hours.
Eduardo Gomez is the director of vulnerability, risk and threat analysis at the National Emergency Secretariat.
Officials did not confirm the number of homes that could have been affected but did say that there are no known causes for the fire. However, they did not exclude the possibility that it may have started by a circuit short.
A report by the Ministry of Health states that at least one patient had burns covering 65% of his body. This person was intubated, and then transferred to burn treatment.
Ambulances were dispatched to the site and the hospital system in the capital was put on high alert for any possible victims.
Alejandro Buzo confirmed to EFE that the “fire is fully contained” but that volunteers have started to work on removing debris, “cooling down”, and attending to any “small eruptions” which could occur over a period of time.
Buzo calculated that up to 100 people could have suffered directly or indirectly from the fire.
The Ricardo Brugada Neighborhood, also known as La Chacarita is situated on the strip of land that divides Asuncion’s heart from the Paraguay River Bay.
A fire, which firefighters believe was caused by pyrotechnics, destroyed the homes of about 100 families, most of whom were made from sheet metal or metal.
Fire spread then to the new block in El Cabildo, forcing the families affected to move to the areas between the Cathedral building and the Congress Building. EFE
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