• Short Summary

    Fire in Havana, Cuba, swept through "El Encanto" Cuba's largest nationalised clothing store April 13.?

  • Description

    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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA63USL1AW3AVEFG8VAXMKJRIEV
    Media URN:
    VLVA63USL1AW3AVEFG8VAXMKJRIEV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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