Fire in Havana, Cuba, swept through "El Encanto" Cuba's largest nationalised clothing store April 13.?
Fire in Havana, Cuba, swept through "El Encanto" Cuba's largest nationalised clothing store April 13. The blaze was believed part of a campaign of sabotage against the Cuban Castro Government.
For the firemen, an almost impossible task. For the cameramen, dramatic pictures of a fire seen for miles around.
Investigators believed the fire was set going with live phosphorus in the store's air-conditioning system. The inferno touched off attacks against the United States - Havana radio charged the U.S. with instigating arson and paying saboteurs to carry it out.
Daylight showed a mass of wreckage - and the skeleton of what had been a popular shopping centre. Twelve people, were injured in the blazed.
The same day, flames reduced to a charred shell Santiago's biggest department store. A third fire, in the government-owned national paper factory, was put out before it had time to spread.
Visnews cameramen Alan Oxley in Havana was detained by police for questioning, after filming Havana store fire - for the second time this year.