Published On: Fri, Jun 14th, 2013

Restaurant explodes in northern Merida

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Nao de MeridaThe restaurant La Nao de China located in the Colony Mexico in the north part of the city Merida expoloded last Monday around 11 PM.  Emergency and disaster units of the SSP arrived to the scene. The explosion left some people injured and damaged nearby businesses including Gran  Chapur and the Italian Coffee.

The SSP activated the security protocol, closing vehicular traffic, evacuating nearby restaurants and shutting down electricity in the area with the support from the CFE. The explosion occurred shortly after 11 pm in the restaurant. The business was greatly damaged, though fortunately at the time of the accident the place was closed.

At the site the head of the SSP, Luis Felipe Saiden Ojeda, coordinated the works with over 200 officers, firefighters, paramedics and the canine rescue squad and.

 The explosion caused 4 million pesos in damage, fortunately there were no deaths reported.

It has been reported that the possible cause of the accident was a concentration of butane gas in the building.

Sadly, the incident at the Chinese food restaurant has been politicized within the City Council of Merida. PRI councilmen are calling the head of the Governing Office to provide a full report of the proceeding of the City during and after the explosion, according to the PRI section of the City Council, the municipal Civil Protection Office was overpassed in its capabilities.

PRI Councilman Ruben Segura Perez, in special session said that the Municipal Civil Protection unit lacks sufficient staff and expertise to handle an emergency such as occurred last Monday night.

One of the agreements reached by unanimity during the meeting was to bring the Director of the  Governing Office, Lizette Mimenza Herrera, to give a detailed report of the protocol that followed and what kind of actions were taken to support the population during and after the  explosion. According to Segura Perez there were several abnormalities in the security protocols taken.

Mimenza Herrera will be called on Wednesday the 19th at 10am to report on the issue.

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