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At least 13 killed by nightclub fire in Spain

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-10-01 17:53

View of damage to the building's exterior after a deadly nightclub fire in Murcia, Spain Oct 1, 2023 in this still image from handout video. Forta/Handout via REUTERS

MADRID -- At least 13 people died and another four were injured after a fire engulfed a nightclub in South-West Spain on early Sunday morning.

The fire happened in the Teatre nightclub in the outskirts of the city of Murcia. The Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies has confirmed the 13 deaths.

The four injured, who are described as two women aged 22 and 25, and two men aged 41 and 45, have been treated for smoke inhalation.

The Mayor of Murcia Jose Ballesta told the media that the fire started at around 6:00 local time (0400 GMT) on the first floor of the nightclub, burning down part of the ceiling.

"We are destroyed by this," said Ballesta. The City Hall has decreed a three-day mourning for the victims, and family members of the victims can receive help at a counseling and psychological center set up at the local sports hall, he added.

According to local authority, 40 firemen have been working on the site and there might be more victims underneath the collapsed ceiling. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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