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Today in Latin American History

Supermarket Fire Killed 396, Injured 500 in Paraguay in 2004

Supermarket Fire Killed 396, Injured 500 in Paraguay in 2004

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Today in Latin American history, a supermarket fire killed 396 people and injured 500 in Asunción, Paraguay in 2004.

The three-story Ycuá Bolaños supermarket and commercial complex, which included a restaurant, offices, and an underground parking garage, caught fire, causing two explosions on the first floor.

The fire burned for seven hours before firefighters were able to extinguish it, the final death toll left 204 orphans.

The cause was believed to be a faulty barbecue chimney that leaked hot flammable gases into the ceiling, which ignited.

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