(CTN NEWS) – In a devastating incident that has sent shockwaves throughout Spain, a nightclub fire in the southeastern city of Murcia has claimed the lives of at least 13 people, making it the deadliest nightclub fire the country has witnessed in over three decades.
The blaze erupted in the early hours of a Sunday morning at the Teatre venue, leaving a trail of destruction and grief in its wake.
As emergency services continue their search for more potential victims, there are fears that the death toll could tragically rise even further.
The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time, leaving authorities and the public alike seeking answers and grappling with the enormity of the tragedy.
In addition to the lives lost, four individuals were injured in the incident, suffering from smoke inhalation. Among the injured were two women, aged 22 and 25, and two men, aged 41 and 45, all of whom were promptly taken to the hospital for treatment.
Survivors Recount Harrowing Scene as Emergency Services Respond to Tragic Murcia Nightclub Fire
Survivors who managed to escape the nightclub recounted the harrowing scene to journalists as emergency services diligently carried out their rescue efforts.
One survivor, who wished to remain unidentified, stated, “I think we left (the club) 30 seconds to 1 minute before the alarms went off, and all the lights went out, and the screams saying there was a fire. I was at a place at that time where I could get out, but five family members and two friends are missing.”
The uncertainty surrounding the fate of their loved ones weighed heavily on the minds of those at the scene.
Another man expressed the collective anxiety, saying, “We don’t know anything; we are waiting for news to see whether some of our family members have come out alive.”
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez offered his condolences, taking to the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) to express his solidarity.
He stated, “My love and solidarity with the victims and families of the tragic fire that occurred this morning in a nightclub in Murcia. I have just conveyed to the president of the Murcia region all our support and collaboration.”
As the incident unfolded, emergency services swung into action, with local firefighters enlisting helicopter support to combat the blaze. Ricardo Villalba, the General Director of Security and Emergencies, was on-site to coordinate efforts alongside the Murcia City Council.
The Vice President and Minister of the Interior, Emergencies, and Territorial Planning, Jose Ángel Antelo, was also expected to arrive at the scene.
Tragic Fire in Murcia: Spain’s Deadliest Nightclub Fire in 33 Years
The tragic fire in Murcia now stands as Spain’s deadliest nightclub fire in 33 years, evoking memories of previous nightclub disasters in the nation’s history.
In 1990, a nightclub fire in northeastern Zaragoza claimed the lives of 43 people, while in December 1983, 81 individuals lost their lives in a nightclub blaze in Madrid.
Those incidents were marred by factors such as smoke, lighting system failures, and closed emergency doors, all contributing to the devastating outcomes.
In response to this heart-wrenching incident, the city of Murcia has declared three days of mourning.
José Ballesta, the Mayor of Murcia, expressed condolences and support for the victims and their families, stating, “Three days of mourning have been declared in the city of Murcia for those who died in the fire that occurred at the Teatre de Atalayas nightclub.”
To provide assistance and support for the grieving families, an information area has been established in the nearby Palacio de los Deportes.
A team of psychologists will be available to provide much-needed help to those affected by this tragedy, as the community grapples with the immense loss and tries to come to terms with the events of that fateful night at the Teatre nightclub in Murcia.
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