Twelve evicted, two of them injured, in the fire of an abandoned pavilion in Zorrozaurre

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The Bilbao Firefighters had to intervene this Wednesday to put out a massive fire in Zorrozaurre, as confirmed by the City Council of the capital of Biscay. The flames broke out around 9:00 a.m. in an abandoned pavilion located on the island and generated a significant column of smoke visible from both banks of the estuary. According to the same sources, at the time the fire started, there were 12 people inside the building.

“Nine of them have gone out onto the street on their own, while the firefighters have had to help another 3 leave the block, using a ladder,” the City Council details. Two of the evicted people were slightly injured due to smoke inhalation and had to be treated by care personnel deployed to the area.

The fire was put out around ten in the morning. Police officers have also been sent to the area, who, together with firefighters, are investigating the origin of the flames. Since industrial activity abandoned Zorrozaurre and emptied the numerous pavilions located there, many homeless people have sought refuge in those old and dilapidated factories.

Last October, the Ribera de Deusto and Zorrozaurre residents’ association demanded the demolition or reuse of those disused pavilions, warehouses and lots in the area. They warned that the abandonment of these spaces generates “multiple problems and inconveniences that seriously affect coexistence and the quality of life in the area” and that people in serious situations of social exclusion have found refuge in them, some of whom had generated “serious coexistence and security” incidents in the area.

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