Huge fire engulfs Sao Paulo building

02 May, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • An enormous blaze has felled a building in Sao Paulo

A 22-story abandoned office building occupied by hundreds of squatters was engulfed in flames and collapsed in the centre of Sao Paulo early Tuesday, shooting a massive black cloud of smoke into the sky and red-hot chunks of debris into nearby structures.

Hours after the blaze started, the building, stretching more than 20 storeys, collapsed.

São Paulo, Brazil's vibrant financial center, is among the world's most populous cities, with numerous cultural institutions and a rich architectural tradition.

Dozens of homeless families were squatting in the building, according to local media. That blaze was brought under control relatively quickly, São Paulo Fire Brigade Lieutenant André Elias told Globo TV.

Firefighters evacuated the high-rise but as they were taking out the last of the residents, the building collapsed, killing the man.

"There is not even a minimal condition for people to live in there", França said. At least two others are considered missing, according to a spokesman for the Sao Paulo Fire Department.

During a brief visit to the area Tuesday, President Michel Temer told reporters that the government would help those affected by the fire. The government estimates that almost 4000 families are living in vacant buildings downtown.

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Seven other buildings were evacuated in the surrounding area.

"I was unsure if my son had taken my youngest daughter", Antonio, 48, told AFP.

Sao Paulo state Governor Marcio Franca said "it was a tragedy waiting to happen...."

The post Fire Guts Sao Paulo Tower Used By Squatters appeared first on Channels Television. "The state should not have allowed it to be occupied".

"At first I thought it was a fight but then I heard people shouting 'get out, get out!'" he said.

"The fire started at around 30 past midnight".

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