Yesterday, in the city of Esmeraldas was recorded a massive fire that destroyed half a block and left one wounded man in serious condition. The fire was controlled by the Fire Department and the Risk Management and Climate Change Unit.
The flames appeared at 13:45, apparently, from a business near a n agency of the International Bank of Esmeraldas. According to the ECU-911 from Esmeraldas, one person was burned. The fire was brought under control around 16:30pm.
One of the reasons why the fire was so uncontrollable was because of the fragility of buildings, mostly of them made of wood or mixed construction.
Among the affected stores are a bookstore and stationery, a fabrics store, El Dolarazo store, a pharmacy, a law firm, and about 50 smaller businesses. The International Bank agency said that information and assets of their customers and users were safe (and today would attend in the terminal window of Petroecuador.)
In total 290 policemen and an equal number of soldiers arrived at the scene to control the order. Firemen from Quinindé, Quito and Santo Domingo came in solidarity to support the tasks of extinguish the fire. During the fire, looting and theft occurred.
The possible cause of this incident could be due to a short circuit, as early versions of firefighters.