Probe starts into fatal Guadalajara fire

10th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

10 August 2005, MADRID – A commission into the Guadalajara fire which killed 11 volunteer firefighters began hearing witnesses on Wednesday.

10 August 2005

MADRID – A commission into the Guadalajara fire which killed 11 volunteer firefighters began hearing witnesses on Wednesday.

Composed of six socialist representatives and four conservatives, it is expected to hear from 44 witnesses in total and study 38 documents on the tragedy.

The proceedings have already attracted the criticism of the conservative PP party which said it wants to see the complete report of 112 emergency calls, not a summary.

On Wednesday morning, Jose Ignacio Nicolas, the director general for Castilla-La Mancha's environment, told the commission the emergency plan protocol worked correctly but that the fire – which finally destroyed 13,000 hectares – was "unstoppable".

Nicolas said the deaths of the fire crew were "an unfortunate accident" caused by a "wave of fire". "It was absolutely unpredictable," he said.

The commission continues.

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Subject: Spanish news

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