the closure of the nightclub had been ordered a year before the deadly fire, according to the town hall

The causes of this tragedy, which caused turmoil in Spain, are still unclear.



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Police officers stand in front of the nightclub where 13 people died in a fire in Murcia (Spain), October 2, 2023. (JOSE JORDAN / AFP)

The administrative closure of the nightclub where 13 people died in a fire in the south-east of Spain was ordered by the town hall of Murcia last yearreported Monday, October 2, a representative of the municipality, the day after the tragedy. According to Antonio Navarro, deputy mayor, the municipality had decreed the cessation of the nightclub’s activity in January 2022 before ordering the implementation of this decision in October, which should have resulted in a closure of the establishment. “We will determine all responsibilities” before the courts, assured Antonio Navarro.

The cessation of activity was decreed because the company managing the premises only had a license for a nightclub, the Teatre, while it had opened another in the same space, the Fonda Milagros, where the deadly fire took place, detailed the elected official.

Three days of mourning

Twenty-four hours after this tragedy, the inhabitants of this city, which declared three days of mourning, were invited to respect a minute of silence at noon. A reception cell has been set up.

The causes of the fire are still unclear. The investigation was delayed by the heat and the risk of collapse in the nightclub, the firefighters having asked the scientific police on Sunday to wait until the temperature dropped before being able to return.

According to the prefect of Murcia, who thinks that the police will be able to begin their investigations at the scene on Monday, the fire “started at Fonda (Milagros) and was able to spread very quickly through the air conditioning ducts.”

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