MADRID — At least seven people have been killed in a fire in a nightclub in Murcia in southeast Spain, the mayor said, adding that rescuers were still searching for people unaccounted for after the blaze.
The fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday in Teatre nightclub in Atalayas, on the outskirts of the city, emergency services said on social media platform X.
???? Extinguido incendio discoteca zona atalayas, seguimos trabajando en la zona. pic.twitter.com/U1DnRjDRor
— Bomberos Murcia (@BomberosMurcia) October 1, 2023
Los servicios de emergencias confirman 6 fallecidos en el interior de la discoteca Teatre.
Continúan trabajando para esclarecer los hechos.
Mi más sentido pésame a los familiares y amigos. https://t.co/P07hDhQWwD
— José Ballesta (@Ballesta_Murcia) October 1, 2023
Footage released on the X account of Murcia’s fire service showed firefighters working to control flames inside the nightclub. The fire had destroyed part of the roof, the footage showed.
“The number of deaths inside the Atalayas nightclub has risen to seven,” Murcia Mayor Jose Ballesta wrote on X.
“We are devastated,” he said on Spanish TV channel 24h, adding rescuers were still searching for several people reported missing.
Ballesta told 24h the fire started at around 6 a.m and had now been brought under control.
He said emergency services were working to establish the cause of the blaze.
Four people have been treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. — Reuters