Cigarette may have started skyscraper blaze

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2 May 2005, MADRID — The fire which destroyed a Madrid skyscraper in February started in the office of a smoker working for a US accountancy firm.

2 May 2005

MADRID — The fire which destroyed a Madrid skyscraper in February started in the office of a smoker working for a US accountancy firm.


The exact cause of the fire is still not known but as no combustible material was found investigators have concluded it was not started deliberately.

The woman employee of the US agency Deloitte admitted smoking before leaving her office at around 11 pm but insisted that she had extinguished her cigarette.

The fire broke out around 11:15 pm and completely gutted the landmark 106m (350ft) Windsor Tower in the heart of the Spanish capital's business district. The building is being demolished as it was deemed beyond repair.

Deloitte occupied 20 floors of the 31-storey building.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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