Firemen under attack after blaze kills family of 6
Angry residents took to the streets to protest the firefighters’ delay in putting out the fire.21 April 2008
SEVILLE - Around 1,000 residents of Écija, Seville, took to the streets Sunday to protest the alleged delay by firefighters in putting out a blaze that killed six people inside their home early yesterday morning. Several people hurled stones at the fire truck as the bodies were taken out of the house.
"It is unacceptable for them to get here, put on their work clothes and start pouring a little water on the blaze - even the neighbours threw more water on the fire than they did," said one neighbour.
However, most residents blamed city authorities for bad management rather than the four firefighters on duty, one of whom had to be treated for burns to his hands.
Mayor Juan Wic denied residents' claims that firefighters took between 30 and 45 minutes to show up, saying that the figure was closer to five minutes.
The victims are a couple in their 50s and their children Jesús, 25, María del Carmen, 18, who was pregnant, and José María, 16, as well as María del Carmen's boyfriend, Ángel Arbola López.
Authorities said the fire might have been started by a portable heater.
[El Pais / Expatica]