A fire ripped through the premises of the samba schools in Rio de Janeiro were clothing, costumes, and parade floats were stored for Brazil’s Carnival that is about to be celebrated in little less than a month.
The fire affected 14 storehouses near the port of Rio de Janeiro, which was stated as “unimaginable losses” by the president of the alliance of samba, Jorge Castanheiro, to Globo Television. Samba groups were almost ready for the celebration of Carnival in March.
The fire department sent 15 pumps and 70 men to fight the fire but the flames have not been contained. There is no information of casualties so far.
Some workers entered the compound in order to save some of the parade floats as firefighters tried to extinguish the flames that seemed out of control.
The newspaper said four samba schools had been severely affected by the fire, leaving in doubt their planned parade through the Sambadrome Rio during Carnival, which begins on March 4.
However, Rio’s mayor pledged that all groups will parade this year, and that “the city ofsamba” as you know the area, will be rebuilt this week.