Buenos Aires Times

argentina CAPITAL

Hotel fire near Obelisk kills at least one, leaves dozens injured

At least one woman died and dozens of people were injured, four of them critically, after a blaze starting in the 5th floor of the downtown 30-storey Hotel Las Naciones yesterday afternoon.

Saturday 2 February, 2019
A blaze started in the 5th floor of the downtown 30-storey Hotel Las Naciones.
A blaze started in the 5th floor of the downtown 30-storey Hotel Las Naciones. Foto:NA

More Argentina News

Most of the 42 people hospitalised were suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation but at least five people were badly burned , of whom at least one – a woman aged 55 – died in the hospital to which she had been urgently transferred. Many of the hospitalised came from upper floors because the smoke went up the lift shafts.

The origin of the blaze was traced to a 5th-floor corridor but its causes are still unknown. Several witnesses claim to have heard an explosion.

The fire at the hotel only two blocks down from the Obelisk (Av. Corrientes 818) raged for two hours from 4pm to almost 6pm before it could be brought under control as four fire engines and numerous ambulances rushed to the scene while police cordoned off the area.

The four-star hotel is reportedly especially popular among Brazilian tourists here on bargain shopping trips following last year’s devaluation. In the closing days of 2014 it was the scene of a scandal when 37 of its rooms were found to function as a VIP brothel.

Poll

Op-Ed

Top Stories

  1. 1Coca-Cola FEMSA files for crisis prevention proceedingsCoca-Cola FEMSA files for crisis prevention proceedings
  2. 2Drug-trafficking arrests totalled 64k during Macri gov't, says Security Ministry
  3. 3Second Trump-Kim summit brings the possibility of a peace declaration
  4. 4US Ambassador Prado arrives in Argentina bringing message of cooperation, openness
  5. 5Fernández de Kirchner's corruption trial pushed back to May
  6. 6Venezuela's Maduro closes Brazil border to block humanitarian aid
  7. 7Economy set for slow recovery in 2019, experts say
  8. 8Peso closes at $40.71 to the dollar as demand for US currency spikes
  9. 9The fight against corruption in Argentina
  10. 10Chile's Piñera sparks talks on Prosur, new union to replace fractured Unasur