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Colombia paint factory explosion injures 25

26 April 2018

Twenty firemen, four civilians and the local disaster management chief were injured in an explosion in a burnt-down paint factory in Medellin, Colombia’s second city, according to local authorities. The explosion occurred when firemen and the government official were inspecting the interior of the building believing a fire that had been raging at the site was under control.

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The explosion blew away much of the factory’s front and left a number of the surrounding buildings damaged, local media said.

The deputy director of the city’s disaster management agency, Jaime Enrique Gomez, told local newspaper El Colombiano that the injured were stable and being treated for concussion. Agency director Camilo Zapata broke his hip.

Fire departments from surrounding municipalities were sent to Medellin to help control the fire and prevent neighbouring buildings, including a tire factory and a wood factory, go up in flames.

The emergency mobilised much of the disaster management forces of Medellin and the surrounding Aburra valley; 14 fire trucks, 20 ambulances and three water tanks were deployed.

The approximately 100 firemen on location were supported by 50 policemen and 70 civilian government officials who were trying to maintain order and prevent locals from approaching the factory.

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