Firefighters reported a fire that started in the General Cemetery this Sunday afternoon, and later expanded into an Alvi supermarket.
The emergency would have started in one of the mausoleums, and spread to the trade that borders the cemetery to the north, as detailed by the captain of the Santiago Fire Department, Gabriel Huerta.
– Santiago Fire Department (@cbsantiago) February 21, 2021
The rapid expansion would have been due to “the fuel load, and there is also a tree whose crown is burned and it spreads to the grocery stores “of the supermarket, of which about a third were affected, while the damages in the cemetery are only in the mausoleum, “product of the accumulated materials in that sector”.
Until now, only one firefighter was injured during the emergency “With an apparent fracture in the knee, which was transferred, and of injured civilians I have no information,” said Huerta, although it was determined that there were no customers or workers in the supermarket at the time of propagation.
– Santiago Fire Department (@cbsantiago) February 22, 2021
More than 20 fire trucks belonging to 13 companies came to extinguish the flames, which is equivalent to about 70 volunteers, so Recoleta Avenue remains cut off at the intersection with Arzobispo Valdivieso.