Fire at El Salvador Finance Ministry kills two


The first victim was a male employee at the ministry who died from smoke inhalation and burns while on the fifth floor of the building, according to emergency services spokesman Carlos Fuentes.

Firefighters inside the Finance Ministry building in El Salvador. Pic: @BomberosES
Image:Firefighters have extinguished the blaze. Pic: @BomberosES

A female union worker has also died.

The fire is believed to have started on the fifth floor of the nine-storey building.

A military helicopter rescues people trapped on the roof of the Ministry of Finance by an intense fire in San Salvador, on July 7, 2017
Image:A military helicopter rescues people trapped on the roof of the building

Around 50 people were evacuated from the building and 25 were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation or burn injuries, Mr Fuentes added.

Three of the injured are in a serious condition.

Mr Fuentes said that some people were injured after jumping from the building.

Workers are helped by rescuers at the ministry of treasury building during a blaze in San Salvador, El Salvador, July 7, 2017
Image:Firefighters rescued the people from inside the building

The blaze has now been extinguished and nobody is trapped inside.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren, El Salvador’s President, has arrived at the scene to speak with emergency services and victims.


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