Massive Fire Destroys Several Warehouses in Colon Free Trade Zone
Thursday, July 08 2010 @ 08:10 pm EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Leidi Esquina, the person in charge of one of the companies affected, said she was unaware of the fire, but when the firemen arrived they asked her to open the doors. "I was afraid because I knew that all of the warehouses were going to burn because there is no water," she said. Leonardo Roman, commander of the firefighters, said it was difficult to control the fire, because it was focused on the top floor and the flames made it difficult to work, and what's more they didn't have enough water.
The manager of the Colon Free Zone, Leopoldo Benedetti who came to scene, said that ironically he met with some contractors who would start next week, working together with the IDAAN and an investment of $7 million dollars, to install the water connection. Severo Sousa, president of the Association of Free Zone Users, asked the authorities that now since they have increase their taxes and collected more revenue from the companies in the Free Zone, he expects a quick solution to the lack of water in the area. He added that he hopes another similar fire does not break out which could cause the loss of human life. (Panama America)
Editor's Comment: Can you even imagine a collection of huge warehouses, full of things like tires, with no source of water to fight a fire when the inevitable fire breaks out? These kinds of fires happen frequently in the Colon Free Trade Zone, and every time the firemen complain about the lack of water. This is just the most recent fire in a long string of identical situations. And for the record, the firemen never did put this fire out. As of the end of the 6:00 pm news this evening, it was still burning hot and black. I suspect it might take it a few days to burn itself out completely - a huge stack of burning rubber can go for a long time - lots of fuel.