06/03/2020 - 8:54
A fire and two explosions in a perfumery on Corrientes and Malabia avenue, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Villa Crespo, caused the death of two firefighters on Tuesday afternoon. On the morning of this Wednesday, the expert opinions began and, although the causes of what happened are unknown, the owner of the premises doubted that the disaster was caused by the contact of the aerosols with the heat.
The Chief of the Fire Department of the City, Walter Martínez, assured that "there are still risks of collapse in the building" , whose inhabitants remain evacuated, and stated that at least five firefighters who were injured "continue to be admitted to the Churruca and Durand hospitals "
Claudio Sartan, executive director of the perfumery, assured that in the premises "there is no gas connection" and that in the warehouse they keep products that are flammable. Asked about the possibility that these aerosols have caused the explosions, he stated: "The big question today is the magnitude of the shock wave where we estimate that this power cut brought flames. If there was a gas loss, it was a lethal coordination "
In this line, he explained that on some occasion he saw these products come into contact with heat but from what he saw on Tuesday "especially in the second explosion and with the magnitude with which it shook", he finds it hard to believe "that it was because there was aerosols that came into contact with the temperature. "
" It seems to me that it cannot be because if you talk to those who were there they said that the noise was shocking," said Sartan in communication with Radio Continental.
The owner of the place, reported that around noon "there is a power outage, they call Edesur and the crew arrives after 4:00 pm, at that time there was a partial power outage and that made the premises continue to operate, but with less light ”.
To respect social distance, the place that is open between 9 in the morning and 7 in the afternoon, allows only five clients inside, the rest line up on the sidewalk.
"A lady who was waiting to enter reported that she felt sparks inside the board that faces the street, when the Edesur gang arrives they said that they lacked elements to deal with the complexity of the cuts, and when they are leaving to look for another type of tools to fix it, the light comes back a few minutes, and when it is cut back there is a complete blackout, "Sartan told Continental radio .
According to the owner of the perfumery, after four o'clock in the afternoon "the employees felt a smell and saw that smoke began to rise from the basement side, they went to the fire department a few meters away, they came to see the situation and what happens from there is what was captured in images of those present is that there was a first explosion that was not of great magnitude ”.
“As far as we know today, and from what was stated by the person in charge of the premises, when they began to smell and see the smoke and sparks on the main panel at the door of the premises, they reported to the fire station and automatically made them leave. customers and staff immediately, ”Sartan said.
In addition, the businessman expressed solidarity with the families of the victims: "It is a tremendously sad day for us, we accompanied in pain the family of the two deceased firefighters."
He clarified that he is "available to justice to clarify the case", and closed: "We know that the incident left a very sad balance and many questions."