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A live DJ, dozens of diners and the party that wasn't: this was the Parador La Susana de José Ignacio, minutes before the fire


The restaurant had events scheduled for the weekend and announced carnival festivities for tonight on social networks. Nearby anniversary of a top 8 hostel in the world.

It was just before 6:00 p.m. and in La Susana, the famous José Ignacio inn in Uruguay, there

was still no sign

of the

flames that would devastate everything just minutes later


The climate in the Uruguayan restaurant was a total antithesis of the chaos that engulfed it later, when a

raging fire broke out inside its premises

and consumed the entire wooden structure, turning the quiet beach spot into a terrifying landscape that spewed smoke that could be seen. tens of kilometers.

Before, everything was

calm and party: a DJ played music in

the afternoon while several diners had


, others danced and some families enjoyed the restaurant's dishes

in the company of children


It was an atmosphere typical of a summer vacation, with moments that were immortalized in videos that

the local's own Instagram account

published in its stories in the

moments before the catastrophe


The La Susana hostel minutes before the fierce fire in José Ignacio.

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Among the tables located

on the sand

there was also a

glitter and makeup stand

where customers came to look and get ready

for the night


It is that after sunset one of the

great events scheduled

for this weekend

was going to be held at the venue -which is one of the most chosen by the figures

of the Argentine show .

"Sunset of Carnival with Uruguayan candombe"

, was the party that was going to be held this Sunday night as part of one of the many celebrations held in the place to celebrate the

10th anniversary since its inauguration, which were on the next Thursday


The flyer had been disseminated through their social networks throughout the week and they had re-published it in the last few hours,

hoping for a large call


It was the last event of the three that they were going to do at the parador during the carnivals.

The first had been on Thursday, when the "Vik Wines Night" (wine night)

was held

and the second on Friday, which was with live music and the presentation of the

Uruguayan band Manumi


The La Susana hostel minutes before the fierce fire in José Ignacio.

photo capture

Both, like the one that would take place tonight, began at 9:00 p.m.

However, this time, three hours before the start of the party, an accident that -it is presumed- occurred

in the

restaurant's kitchen, changed all the plans.

Just after 6:00 p.m., the high flames and the column of smoke generated by a fire that broke out in the premises surprised the tourists who, on the beach, were stunned by the scene.

The evacuation was immediate, as well as

the total destruction of the inn built with wood

as the predominant material.

A factor that caused the flames to spread rapidly.

In a matter of minutes, the tranquility that La Susana offered was completely altered.

And the hostel, which

had almost full reserves for the next few days,

was filled with firefighters who had to carry out dangerous maneuvers to put out the uncontrollable flames.

Thus, the fire destroyed one of the places chosen

in 2017 as one of the eight best in the world

and gave a sad end to the place that next Thursday would hold the great summer party to celebrate 10 years since its inauguration.

La Susana, the parador chosen by famous Argentines

La Susana is part of the

Norwegian businessman Alexander Vik

's complex in Punta del Este and is located at km 182.5 of Route 10. The name of the place was chosen

in honor of his mother

, a native of Uruguay.

In addition to the restaurant, the small Norwegian emporium includes Hoteles Playa Vik, Bahia Vik, Estancia Vik, and

La Susana Restaurant & Beach Club


In 2016, they promoted the launch of "La Susanita", "a new proposal to enjoy the best

sushi, grill, drinks and music with your feet in the sand

and under the stars".

It is one of the inns most chosen by Argentine entertainment figures who usually vacation on the Uruguayan coast.

In recent summers, they have been in its facilities

from Pampita to the children of Marcelo Tinelli

, through the designer Pancho Dotto, and other actors and models such as Gastón Soffritti, Justina Bustos and Sabrina Garciarena.

This Sunday

it was the journalist Mónica Gutiérrez, who was in the area

 and gave details of what happened in dialogue with the LN+ channel.

Mónica Gutiérrez in the Punta del Este fire: "Black smoke began to emerge from the beach".

“It was very impressive what happened this afternoon.

A dense column of black smoke began to emerge from the beach, meters from the José Ignacio roundabout," described the journalist Mónica Gutiérrez, who was there.

"It was unstoppable. From one minute to the next they had to evacuate the people who were preparing to see the sunset," she recounted.

And he explained: “This beach inn is located there, which is one of the most emblematic.

It is all set up on the sand, but of a very important structure”.


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