A Most of the people still missing after the fire that broke out in the early hours of this Sunday at a nightclub in Murcia, Spain, were celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday.
According to Spanish broadcaster Telecinco, Eric Hernandez, a native of Nicaragua, decided to celebrate his birthday at the Teatre nightclub. With him was his brother, his mother, his girlfriend and several friends.
They were all caught by fire when they were in a box on the first floor of the club at 6 am and, since then, they have not been seen again.
A cousin managed to go down to the bar area of the club. However, the rest of the family was unable to escape.
“The birthday boy, the birthday girl’s mother, who is my aunt, the birthday girl’s brother, who is also my cousin, and the birthday boy’s partner. We had friends there from our country”, Walter told journalists.
Spanish authorities have only been able to identify three of the 13 fatal victims of the fire. According to the local press, the victims were identified using fingerprints.
The ten bodies that remain to be identified because they are in a high state of decomposition will be subjected to DNA tests, which will be compared to samples from possible relatives.
The fire, declared around 6 am, spread to other adjacent establishments. Firefighters managed to put out the fire around 8 am. To date, there have been 13 fatalities, 15 missing and four injured.
The Murcia City Council has already declared three days of mourning.
This is the deadliest fire recorded in Spain at a leisure venue, since the tragedy in 1990 at the Flying nightclub in Zaragoza, where 43 people died.
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