19 injured in tower block fire in Santa Cruz
Nineteen people needed treatment in the early hours of this morning when a fire broke out on the ninth floor of a block of flats on Calle Subida Cuesta Piedra, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The Coordination Center for Emergencies and Security (Cecoes) received an alert at 03:47am this morning reporting the fire, so the dispatched firefighters, ambulances and police immediately to the scene.
On arrival, residents of the block affected by the flames were evacuated, while firefighters began to fight the flames and later took charge of ventilating the property.
SUC personnel attended to all the wounded, and transferred twelve of them to hospital. Among those injured are three firefighters and a National Police officer, and Civil Protection installed a tent to attend to the residents evicted from their homes, and collaborated with the emergency services.
In total, the SUC treated 19 wounded people who, at the initial moment of assistance, presented minor pathologies such as smoke inhalation poisoning and first degree burns.
Five of those affected were transferred to the University Hospital of the Canary Islands and seven to the University Hospital Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria. The rest, another seven, were assisted on the spot by SUC personnel without further treatment being necessary.
The building and access to it have been cordoned off to facilitate cleaning, sanitation and inspection of the burned areas.
At this stage police are still investigating as to the cause of the fire.