Fire in hotel in southern Brazil leaves 10 dead

Fire in hotel in southern Brazil leaves 10 dead

Rio de Janeiro – A fire that devastated a small hotel in the city of Porto Alegrein the south of Brazilleft at least 10 dead and 11 injured, authorities reported.

The fire broke out in the early hours of Friday in the three-story building that provided cheap lodging for individuals in single roomsbut that it lacked a license and an emergency plan in these cases, the Rio Grande do Sul state fire brigade said on social networks.

I barely had time to put on my sandals and run. “My sister, who lived on the third floor, died in the flames,” Marcelo Wagner Schelech, 56, told the newspaper Zero Hora.

Nine of the 11 people rescued were hospitalized, and five of them were in critical condition.authorities said. The mayor of Porto Alegre. Sebastião Melo said on his social media accounts that he was aware of the investigations.

BRA50. PORTO ALEGRE (BRAZIL), 04/26/2024.- Photograph of the facade of a pension after suffering a fire this Friday in Porto Alegre (Brazil). At least ten people died and eight others were injured as a result of a fire that destroyed a guesthouse this Friday in the center of the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, the southernmost capital of Brazil, firefighters reported. EFE/ Ricardo Rimoli
(RICARDO RIMOLI)

The Garoa Floresta hotel belongs to the Garoa group, a chain of at least 10 small hotels in Porto Alegre. In 2022, a fire that broke out at another of its hotels killed one person and injured 11 others.

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