Huge blaze engulfs 14-storey building in Valencia

Huge fire engulf high rise building in Valencia

Scene of huge fire in Valencia. Credit: AhoraMarina/x

Horrific scenes are being reported from Valencia’s Campanar district, as a huge blaze engulfs a 14-storey building.

Reports of the incident came through around 6:37 pm, on Thursday, February 22, eyewitnesses claim the fire began on the fourth floor, and swiftly engulfed the structure, situated between Maestro Rodrigo and Poeta Rafel Alberti streets.

The inferno, fuelled by strong winds, sent a massive plume of smoke and flames into the sky, visible for miles around.

On social media, harrowing images emerged, showing residents on higher floors seeking refuge on balconies, awaiting rescue amidst the sound of shattering glass.

The emergency services sprang into action, with ‘EL 112’ deploying an extensive team including ten municipal fire units, alongside two SAMU and one SVB medical teams, to combat the flames and provide immediate assistance.

Urgent calls for public safety

As the fire threatened to spread to newly constructed adjacent buildings, the situation grew increasingly dire. So far one child has reportedly suffered burns.

The Valencian Community’s Emergency Coordination Centre, in response, activated the Territorial Emergency Plan (PTECV) Situation 0, urging the public to steer clear of the area to ensure the safety of both the community and the emergency responders on the scene.

This directive underscores the potential danger posed by falling debris and the importance of unhindered access for firefighting and rescue operations.

Ongoing efforts

The severity of the blaze prompted a significant emergency medical response, including the mobilisation of a support and coordination unit, a multiple casualty vehicle, a field hospital, three additional SAMU teams, two Basic Life Support units, and a conventional ambulance.

With General Aviles and Maestro Rodrigo avenues closed to traffic, the focus remains on extinguishing the fire and managing the fallout of this calamity.

The resilience of Valencia’s emergency services is being tested as they battle to bring the situation under control and prevent further harm to the city’s residents.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • Concha

      23 February 2024 • 22:38

      This could have done with an update already! 9, possibly 10 dead, including a family with 2 children, one a baby just 2 weeks old.
      As if anything could make matters worse, some of the residents were refugees from Ukrainia, with the 2nd anniversary of the invasion being yesterday, it beggars belief just how much suffering people are enduring. Officials are reaching out to find counsellors, or translators who can aid with the psychological efforts to help people deal with their significant trauma.
      On top of all that, the fact that the polyurethane cladding, which was attached to the aluminium framing with highly flammable adhesive, appears to be the same as what was used in Grenfell Tower, London, which burned so dramatically, claiming 72 lives, in 2017. Many commentators on national radio stations are asking: “why weren’t lessons learnt from that disaster, and who is responsible for such flammable building material being in continuous use since that tragedy, almost 7 years ago”.
      Oh, and by the way, 2 blocks of flats have burnt down, not only one! The neighbouring block also caught fire and has be completely destroyed!
      The tragedy in Valencia is so great that some of the “Las Fallas” festivities have been postponed or cancelled, and 2 days of mourning will follow this coming week.
      Many charitable efforts have been set up to aid the survivors, most of whom escaped with the clothes on their backs and little else. Hopefully, some valiant journalist will do due diligence and report the latest news as it becomes known.

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