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Facundo Ambrosi was a volunteer civil defence official

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Iron Mountain firefighter becomes the tenth fatal victim

A volunteer firefighter died yesterday after receiving serious injuries in the Iron Mountain’s paper deposit fire that took place on February 5 in the Barracas city neighbourhood, just as new evidence pointing at foul play was being received by judicial authorities yesterday.

This makes firefighter Facundo Ambrosi the tenth person to have died because of the fatal fire after having been admitted in the Argerich hospital for the past few weeks due to the serious injuries he suffered when a wall collapsed on him.

Ambrosi was in a coma and under respiratory assistance, after having undergone head surgery, one of the several injuries he had received which included multiple fractures.

Meanwhile, police investigations pointed to the possibility of arson.

Judge Marcela Sánchez, who is in charge of investigating the case, received various pieces of evidence yesterday that were gathered from the Iron Mountain (IRM) depot’s as security experts continued to analyze “the depot’s internal security cameras,” located on 1200 Azara street, state-run news agency Télam reported.

Images recorded from several security cameras indicate that the fire had begun in different points of the building, which supports the hypothesis presented by Security Secretary Sergio Berni that the fire was intentional. The lawyer representing another victim, Pedro Baricola, also suspected that foul play was involved.

However, the judge in charge of investigating the case said that it was too early to jump to conclusions.

“The results from the evidence gathered are incomplete,” Sánchez said, adding that they needed to wait until they received a full report in order to reach any conclusions over the causes of the fire.

The judge said that they were analyzing documentation submitted by different sectors of the Buenos Aires City government, and that they had requested the testimony of several people, whose names haven’t been revealed so “the investigation isn’t harmed.”

Berni questions city government investigation

“It calls to attention that there hasn’t even been a raid,” said Berni with regard to City Hall’s handling of the case. Berni stated that “further progress must be made” in the investigation after a former city government official said there were “irregularities” at the site.

He requested an investigation into why a “building that held so many papers, had a faulty structure.”

According to the Security Secretary, it was strange how IRM’s building had held up for less than a hour and that they needed to research all similar incidents that had occurred on company sites throughout the world.

Herald staff with Télam

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