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Fire in Ajangiz village causes 2 deaths

Jesus Carames

April 19, 2024 | 2:15 p.m.

In an unfortunate event, two elderly people lost their lives this Friday due to a fire that consumed their home, a hamlet located in the town of Ajangiz, Bizkaia. The incident also left a third person affected by smoke inhalation, who has been transferred to the Gernika hospital to receive medical attention.

incident details

The fire started at approximately ten in the morning in a multi-story farmhouse located in the Mendieta neighborhood, near Gernika. Alerted by a call from a neighbor, emergency services, including several fire crews, quickly moved to the scene.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a devastating scene: a man and a woman, both elderly, had already died. A third victim, also elderly, was found with symptoms of having inhaled smoke; She was immediately treated at the scene and subsequently transferred to the hospital for further evaluation.

Emergency services efforts

The regional firefighters worked diligently to put out the flames, which mainly affected the first floor of the hamlet. The second floor, although not reached by the flames, suffered damage due to smoke.

Investigation in progress by the Ertzaintza

The Ertzaintza has launched an investigation to determine the exact circumstances of the fire. Until now, the causes of the accident are unknown, and the community is anxiously awaiting answers that can clarify this tragic event.

Community reactions

This incident has shocked the local community, united in grief over the loss of their neighbors and concerned about the safety of their homes. Fires in older structures such as farmhouses are especially concerning due to their potential to spread rapidly and cause significant damage.

Safety and prevention

This tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the importance of fire safety, especially in older frame buildings that may not meet modern safety codes. It is crucial to review and update prevention and alarm systems to protect vulnerable communities.

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