At least seven people were killed on Sunday morning as a massive fire broke out in a Spanish nightclub, authorities said, with four more reported injured. It has been reported by the city's town hall that search and rescue works were still ongoing at the club in the southeastern city of Murcia.
According to the emergency services, the rescuers had managed to enter the building after first being alerted at 6:00 am local time (0400 GMT) that a fire had broken out in the nightclub. They discovered four charred bodies bodies first and then two others around forty minutes later.
An hour later, the Murcia town hall confirmed the toll had risen to seven while four others who sustained injuries included two women aged 22 and 25 years old and two men in their forties, all suffering from smoke inhalation.
The Mayor of Murcia, Jose Ballesta, announced three days of mourning.
About the incident
As per the emergency services, the fire broke out in the "Teatre" nightclub, also called "Fonda Milagros". The photos showed water hoses from fire trucks still spraying the blackened facade of the club.
Thick smoke could be seen billowing from the roof of the building.
💔At least six people have died in fire in nightclub in Murcia in southeast Spain.— Volcaholic 🌋 (@volcaholic1) October 1, 2023
The fire started at Murcia's Teatre nightclub around 06:00 local time. The death toll may rise as authorities search for missing people who were in the club at the time. Four people have been… pic.twitter.com/8iPnBw8jHk
"Emergency services are still hard at work to put out the fire that occurred in the Teatre nightclub," the city's town hall said, adding it "deeply regrets" the accident and offering condolences to those affected.