Published On: Tue, Jun 23rd, 2015

16 Dead at Nursing Home Fire in Mexicali, Baja California

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A fire was reported on the early morning hours of Tuesday June 23rd, at the “Hermoso Atardecer” nursing home  located in the city of Mexicali, Baja California, right on the Mexico – U.S. border.

There were 45 people inside the building when the fire broke out at 4:00 am.

The mayor of Mexicali, Jaime Rafael Díaz Ocha confirmed that 15 people died and at least five were injured and taken to the General Hospital of Mexicali (Hospital General de Mexicali).

The area was cordoned off to start the identification of bodies.

The fire in the nursing home could be an act of arson, according to the local mayor. (Photo: EFE )

The fire in the nursing home could be an act of arson, according to the local mayor. (Photo: EFE )

Jaime Rafael Díaz expressed in a radio interview that the possibility of the incident being an act of arson is under consideration during the investigations.

A fire was reported Tuesday morning in a nursing home located in Mexicali, Baja California. (Photo: El Universal )

A fire was reported Tuesday morning in a nursing home located in Mexicali, Baja California. (Photo: El Universal )

This morning 16 people died in a fire in a nursing home managed by a civil association“, confirmed the councilman of Mexicali.

The possibility of an intentional criminal act, comes from comments made by the people in charge of the nursing home” continued the Mayor.

Díaz concluded saying that five of the victims have no known relatives.

 

Source: www.eluniversal.com.mx

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