Spanish authorities say that a fire that broke out at a nightclub in the city of Murcia in the country’s southeast has resulted in the deaths of at least 11 people.
At approximately 06:00 local time (04:00 GMT), a fire broke out in the well-known Teatre nightclub, which is located in the Atalayas neighborhood.
The building may be seen in a video that has been published online with dense, heavy smoke pouring out of its big windows while flames rage above it.
The local emergency services are searching the area for persons who went missing after being in the building at the time of the incident.
On Spanish television channel 24h, the Mayor of Murcia, Jose Ballesta, declared, “We are devastated,” and added that rescue workers were still searching for numerous people who had been reported missing.
He has ordered that the city of Murcia observe three days of mourning.
He stated that relatives are making their way to the location in the hopes of locating loved ones.
According to emergency services, firemen finally managed to enter the building at 8:00 and discovered four bodies. Approximately 40 minutes later, they found two more bodies.
Smoke inhalation has caused the hospitalization of four people currently. Counseling services are currently being provided for individuals affected at a sports stadium in the area.
It is not known what caused the fire, which broke out while there was still a lot of activity going on in the club.
The municipal government of Murcia expressed its sincere sadness over the disaster and extended its sympathies to those who were harmed.