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At Least 2 Are Killed in Fire in El Salvador’s Finance Ministry


A military helicopter rescued people from a fire at El Salvador’s Finance Ministry in San Salvador on Friday. Credit Marvin Recinos/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — A major fire broke out in El Salvador’s Finance Ministry on Friday, killing at least two people, injuring 22 others and prompting some inside to jump from the building before the blaze was extinguished, officials said.

The country’s president, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, said on television that one woman, a union worker, had died, while another person had died in a hospital. Three more people were in surgery, he said.

Earlier, an emergency services spokesman, Carlos Fuentes, said a man had died from burns and smoke inhalation on the fifth floor of the nine-story building in the capital, San Salvador. It was unclear if this was the same person mentioned by the president.

Video showed one person jumping from the top of the building and landing heavily on a lower roof near the ground. Emergency services officials said the man was in grave condition in a hospital.

Mr. Fuentes said a few people had jumped from the fifth and sixth floors of the burning building, suffering injuries.

Around 50 people were evacuated from the building and 25 were hospitalized for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation, Mr. Fuentes said.

The government sent helicopters to rescue people in the ministry as video showed thick plumes of smoke streaming from the building.

Source: NYT > World

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