• Short Summary

    The death toll in a Sao Paulo, Brazil, skyscraper fire was expected to rise to 200 over the weekend after 185 bodies had been recovered from the smouldering debris of the 21-storey building and at least fifty people were critically ill in hospital.

  • Description

    The death toll in a Sao Paulo, Brazil, skyscraper fire was expected to rise to 200 over the weekend after 185 bodies had been recovered from the smouldering debris of the 21-storey building and at least fifty people were critically ill in hospital.

    As firemen swung across on ropes from nearby building and helicopter pilots braved the heat and smoke to try and rescue some of the 300 people trapped in upper storeys, 43 people made suicide leaps to the ground to escape the flames. Most of the dead had suffocated.

    About 650 people were in the new skyscraper, occupied by effices and banks, when fire broke out on Friday (1 February) at 9.00 local time (1200 GMT) on the 12th floor.

    An official from the Banco Cresiful se Investimento said the fire apparently started with a short circuit in an air conditioner. Firemen's ladders razched only to the 11th floor.

    Millions watched the tragedy live on television as the airforce helicopter eventually managed to land on the roof to rescue 72 people. The heat was so intense that paint peeled from the helicopter doors.

    Sergeant Jose Rufino who was credited with saving 18 people by swinging across on a rope, was nearly killed himself when he was hit in mid-air by a suicide jumoer. He managed to hold on but a man he was carrying was knocked to his death.

    To try to stop the suicide jumps, firemen hung a placard on top of a water tanker on which was written "Courage - We are With You".

    One survivor hurled a shoe from the roof onto the street. Inside was the message: "For the sake of God send us some oxygen."
    Inside the burning building scenes of panic were reported and a porter said he saw people trampled to death in the stampede for safety.

    On the 12th floor firemen found 24 workers huddled together, all suffocate Five bodies were found in the bathroom of the 14th floor and 12 in the lobby of the same floor.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4B96X146TQPP5300W26POMT4K
    Media URN:
    VLVA4B96X146TQPP5300W26POMT4K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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