Friday, March 15, 2013

Fire in Albrook Mall, Panama

News Room Panama:

$15 million damage but no sprinklers in Albrook Mall

At least 60 stores will be closed in the Penguin and Kangaroo hallways of Albrook Mall, until the National System of Civil Defense Authority (Sinapoc ) and the Fire Department determine whether it is safe to open them after the fire on Wednesday, March 13

Closed spaces like stores, appliances, technologies were affected by smoke, as and the Madison Store warehouse, which was consumed by fire.

It took the fire department 14 hours to extinguish the fire.

The director of the Fire Department, Paul Tuñón, said there is no sprinkler system in Albrook Mall, because when it was built, the law did not require them. Damage is estimated at $15 million.

Meanwhile President Martinelli, who earlier had authorized the arrest of 25 firefighters, thanked the firefighters for their work in extinguishing the blaze.

 At a fire on Avenida Balboa earlier in the year, he thanked the firefighters and promised them better equipment.

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