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Murcia firefighters share video of nightclub fire that killed at least 13 in Spain

A nightclub fire in Spain claimed the lives of at least 13 people in Murcia, and firefighters shared footage of them fighting the blaze on social media.

Emergency crews are still searching for people unaccounted for after responding to the adjoining clubs early Sunday morning in Atalayas, the outskirts of the city in southeast Spain.

“I think we left 30 seconds to 1 minute before the alarms went off and all the lights went out (and) the screams saying there was a fire,” one survivor, who was not identified, told Reuters. “Five family members and two friends are missing.”

The Fonda nightclub, one of three adjoining clubs, reportedly sustained the majority of the fire damage, including the collapse of its roof. It is where the dead were located, according to Diego Seral of Spain’s National Police.

Spanish media report several birthday celebrations were taking place when the fire broke out. 

Murcia’s Mayor Jose Ballesta declared three days of mourning for those who had died. Flags have been lowered to half-staff outside Murcia’s City Hall.

The fire, which reportedly started at 6 a.m., has been brought under control.

Four people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. 


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