Fire In Warehouse Spreads to Day Care in Hermosillo, Mexico
On Friday June 5 a fire in an adjacent warehouse spread into a day care which has resulted in 44 deaths and could rise. The fire is under investigation, although the cause could be a short circuit with an air conditioning unit.
The building was not protected with a fire sprinkler system and the fire alarm system did not activate due to the location of the fire and detectors. The building, which was a mixed use building that including a day-care facility as well as an industrial complex.
It appears that the day-care was provided by the government for low-cost care in a converted industrial complex. The fire appears to have started in a tire and care warehouse which spread smoke and hot gases in a void space into the day-care.
The day care which was surrounded by other industrial occupancies had as many as 146 children (ranging from 6 months to five years old) with only one usable exit (the second egress was bolted close and the key could not be found). Responding firefighters breached several walls to save the children trapped inside.
Some reports indicate that a fire safety inspection was conducted by the federal government in May where exit signs and egress lights were working. The AP recently reported that smoke detectors were present in the facility at a lower ceiling and the fire and smoke brewed above the ceiling tiles.
The system failed these children and an in-depth investigation by an outside source is needed to look at fire safety in the immediate area and throughout Mexico.