Published On: Tue, May 27th, 2014

Firefighters contained fire efficiently this afternoon in Mérida

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On Tuesday May 27th, at 4:45 pm, an accidental fire occurred in a vacant lot on the corner of Calle 15 and Calle 32, in Chuburná de Hidalgo, Northwest Mérida; apparently neighbors were burning trash, when the blaze spread rapidly throughout the dry brush at the site and got out of control.

One of the neighbors called the police, and 15 minutes later, firefighters arrived on site and contained the fire efficiently in a matter of minutes, before it could spread towards the houses just a few feet away.

As we enter the long, sunny days of summer in the Yucatan, fires are more likely to burn faster and hotter, and the months of June, July and August typically have the highest incidence of accidental fires throughout the Peninsula.

Fire prevention measures are absolutely vital to avoid unnecessary incidents that could cost human lives.

Mérida Firefighter

Mérida Firefighter

Mérida Firefighter

Mérida Firefighter

Fire Prevention Measures include:

  • Do not throw lit matches or cigarettes on the road or in the woods.
  • Do not litter, bottles or glasses can ignite a fire creating a magnifying glass effect with the sun rays.
  • Do not make small fires in vacant lots, a flame can cause a large fire.
  • If you see a small fire just starting, extinguish it immediately, or call the Police or Fire Department
  • Get help immediately if the fire gets out of control, please be safe and alert the authorities as soon as possible.
  • Protect your life, to escape a fire always walk in the opposite direction to the wind.
  • In agricultural practice, if you are using fire to clear land to be planted, you need to be alert at all times, and do not let it get out of control.
Calle 15 Chuburná de Hidalgo

Calle 15 Chuburná de Hidalgo

Corner of Calle 15 and Calle 32

Corner of Calle 15 and Calle 32

Firetruck on Calle 32

Firetruck on Calle 32

Photos: Alex Azcarate TYT

 

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