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Warehouse fire kills nine in Argentine capital

Posted on Feb 06 2014 | IANS

Buenos Aires, Feb 6 : At least nine people, most of them firefighters, were killed and another seven injured Wednesday while extinguishing a warehouse fire in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, authorities said.

The fire in southern Buenos Aires so far claimed the lives of six firefighters, two members of the Civil Defence and Emergency Guard forces, and one person who is yet to be identified, Xinhua quoted Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni as saying.

The raging fire caused a wall of the warehouse, used for storing paper files, mostly bank documents, to collapse on the firefighters and rescue workers.

"I want to express our condolences to the families of the deceased, our respect and honour to these men and women who gave their lives to save others," said Berni.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez declared "two days of national mourning" due to the tragedy.

Alfredo Crescenti, director of the Buenos Aires Public Health System, said among the seven injured, "five have very serious multiple traumas".

A police spokesperson said the rescue team was still searching through the rubble, because more firemen might be still trapped.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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