A tragic fire has claimed the lives of at least 13 people in the city of Murcia, Spain. The fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Fonda Milagros nightclub, also known as La Fonda. As patrons tried to escape the packed dancefloors, the fire quickly spread to neighboring clubs. Among the victims were family members who were celebrating a birthday.
According to local media, one survivor who had been at the club with his cousins and aunt returned home during the chaos, only to learn that one of his cousins had not made it out. The fate of the cousin remains uncertain. Another survivor recalled the terrifying moments leading up to the fire, saying they had left only seconds before the alarms went off and the lights went out.
The cause of the blaze is still unknown, but it is believed to have started on the first floor of the club. Rescue efforts have been challenging due to the collapsed roof of La Fonda. Authorities are determined to hold anyone responsible for the tragedy accountable, promising that justice will be served.
Heartbreaking accounts have emerged from loved ones who received messages from those trapped inside the club. One young woman sent a voice note to her mother, expressing her love and fearing for her life. It is unclear whether she survived. The devastating impact of this fire has deeply affected the community, with four people currently receiving treatment for smoke inhalation and counseling services being provided for those affected.
The Mayor of Murcia, Jose Ballesta, expressed his grief and declared three days of mourning in the city. King Felipe VI of Spain also offered his condolences, acknowledging the pain and distress caused by the tragic incident. This fire is considered the worst of its kind in Spain in over 30 years, with the last major nightclub fire occurring in Zaragoza in 1990, claiming the lives of 43 people.
As authorities continue their investigation into the cause of the fire and search for any remaining victims, it is important to remember the lives lost and the impact on the community. This tragedy serves as a reminder of the importance of fire safety measures and the need for vigilance in crowded spaces. The people of Murcia are left grieving and seeking answers in the wake of this devastating event.