Today in Latin American History
Supermarket Fire Killed 396, Injured 500 in Paraguay in 2004
Photo: Ycuá Bolaños supermarket
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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- Today in LatAm history, Christopher Columbus became the first European to visit what is now Venezuela in 1498
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Mancini who played for the Nat team & A.S. Roma was born in 1980
- Today in LatAm history, Salvadoran guerrilla Lilian Mercedes Letona who was a member of the FMLN party died in 1983