2nd October 2023
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Three dead after fire in an apartment block on the outskirts of Barcelona

Three people have died and one person has been left seriously injured following a fire in an apartment block in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, on the outskirts of Barcelona.

In a statement, the Catalan fire brigade said that it received notice of the fire in Carrer Sant Joaquim at 4.29am on Wednesday morning and immediately sent 10 crews to the scene.

Upon arrival, firefighters located a fire, the causes of which are unknown, which affected the building’s meter room on the ground floor, as well as the second floor. One body was found on the landing of the first floor and a second on the landing of the second floor. The third body was found in an apartment in the building.

In the same apartment, firefighters found a woman with burns on her body, who was taken out of the house and transferred in a critical condition to the Vall d’Hebron Hospital.

Ambulance staff also treated three others at the scene. One of them, a 71-year-old man, was discharged on the spot. The other two, slightly injured, were evacuated to the Hospital de l’Espirit Sant, in Santa Coloma de Gramenet. They were a 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman.

Five Mossos d’Esquadra police patrols were also deployed, taking charge of the legal proceedings and the investigation into the causes of the fire, together with the local police.

The fire was completely extinguished by 4:53am. Since then, the fire brigade has been ventilating the block and inspecting the building. So far structural damage has not been ruled out due to the fire, but external companies have been brought in to inspect the building’s condition. As a precautionary measure, the electricity and gas supply to the entire building has been cut off.

Catalonia’s regional interior minister, Joan Ignasi Elena, expressed his condolences to the friends and family of the victims.

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