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Wednesday, September 18 2019 @ 10:41 pm EDT

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A Concrete Slab And A Sign Fell At The Entrance Of Los Angeles Shopping Center

Safety & Security

Today in the afternoon, a concrete slab and a sign fell at the entrance of Los Angeles shopping center located in via Ricardo J. Alfaro, causing panic among customers of these premises.

It was reported two sedan vehicles, a van, a truck and a motorcycle were buried under the rubble.

No one was injured in this incident, however $72 thousand are estimated in losses.

Some people had to go through a hole opened by the firefighters because they were trapped in one of the rooms.(TVN)

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Fire Reported At BBQ In Juan Diaz

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Yesterday at 11pm, a fire was reported at the extractor of the Hot Chicken Roast BBQ in Juan Diaz.

The inspector of the Fire Department, Victor Moreno, explained all occurred when the large amount of fat accumulated in the extractor generated an inflammation, setting it on fire.

He recommended the business owners to perform frequent cleaning, specially during this month as there is higher productivity.(Dia a Dia)

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Fire Outbreak Reported In El Carmen

Safety & Security

Today, the Fire Department units extinguished a fire outbreak reported at a residence in El Carmen, Panama City.

The Fire Department sent 2 fire trucks, an ambulance and 10 units to attend the emergency, after the neighbors reported smoke coming out of the house.

The Public Relations Office of the Fire Department reported the outbreak of fire was recorded in one of the rooms of the residence, no injuries were reported.

Research Unit of the Fire Department will determine the causes of the fire outbreak.(TVN)

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SINAPROC Wants To Lower Burned Children Cases In December

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Authorities seek to increase operations in order to prevent high numbers of burned children during December.

Meanwhile, in the burn ward of the Children's Hospital, the number of burned children increase, in most of cases they get burned with hot liquids such as boiling water.

The National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) recommended not to allow children to play or be around explosive devices and fireworks.(Telemetro)

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Fire Reported At Rental House In San Miguelito

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Today, 3 rooms of a rental house were consumed by flames in Paraiso, Veranillo, district of San Miguelito.

Firefighters rushed to the place of the emergency, however, the fire had consumed almost all of the housing.

According to neighbors, they heard an explosion and the fire immediately occurred.

The Security Office of Fire Department of Panama initiated the investigations to determine the cause of the fire, no casualties were reported.(La Critica)

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2 Prison Inmates Burned After Pressure Cooker Exploded

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Today, two prison inmates were burned after a pressure cooker exploded in the kitchen of the Nueva Esperanza prison, in the province of Colon.

The prisoners were transferred to the Amador Guerrero hospital to receive medical attention.

It was reported the inmates are part of the kitchen staff of this prison.

Authorities have not given their version of the events, however, the Fire Department staff initiated investigations.(La Critica)

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Fire Reported In Veracruz

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Yesterday, a fire was reported and put out by units of the Fire Department of Panama in Veracruz, Arraijan district.

It was reported the house in the Costa del Sol neighborhood got caught on fire, but fortunately there were no casualties.

The origin of the fire is being investigated.(La Critica)

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The Abel Bravo School Was Evacuated After An Explosive Device Was Found

Safety & SecurityStaff from the Explosives Department of the National Police evacuated the Abel Bravo School (CAB) in Colon, after they found an explosive device inside a student’s backpack.

The alarm was activated at 10:00 a.m., and the students, staff and teachers were evacuated of the center.

Leticia Pady de Holder, director of the CAB, said a teacher reported the explosive device to the National Police.

The device was inside the backpack of a ninth grade student, who allegedly found it and brought it to school to show it to his friends, without thinking about the danger this represented, she said.

On the other hand, the deputy commissioner of the Police, Abdul Ledezma, said the device was an unexploded fragmentation grenade (pineapple grenade). (Telemetro)

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A Christmas Tree Caught Fire In Westland Mall

Safety & SecurityOn Tuesday afternoon a Christmas tree in the shopping mall Westland Mall in Vista Alegre, Arraijan, caught fire.

So far it is unknown how this happened. (Telemetro)

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False Bomb Alert At A School In Brisas Del Golf

Safety & Security

Today, the National Police units confirmed a false bomb alert at the Panama International School, located in Brisas del Golf.

Explosive experts of the National Police conducted the inspection in the school and didn't find a bomb.

The students were evacuated for their safety as part of the procedures made by the National Police.(La Critica)

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Fire Reported At 2 Old Barracks In Colon

Safety & Security

Today, a fire was reported at barracks 7028 and 7031, located at Calle 9 and Avenida Melendez y Central, province of Colon.

The emergency was reported at about 10am and two fire fighting vehicles were immediately sent to try to control the fire, the area remains cordoned off for security.

Some residents managed to save some of their belongings, but were evacuated to avoid further consequences for this incident.

Unofficially it's accounted about 24 families were affected by the fire, there is no record of injuries or casualties.

The families expect help from the National Government, through the Ministry of Housing, to be relocated.(La Critica)

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Members Of The Fire Department Put Out A Fire In Obarrio

Safety & SecurityOn Saturday a fire that was reported in a building located in Obarrio was successfully controlled by 6:00 p.m.

The authorities informed they arrested a 20-year-old man who allegedly provoked the fire.

This man was arrested and then taken to a local hospital for medical care, because he was also inside the building.

According to the firemen, 14 people were evacuated for inhaling smoke, and they all received medical attention.

The Minister of Government, Jorge Ricardo Fábrega, arrived at the place because his mother lives in this building. (TVN)

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Gas Tank Explosion Reported In Pedregal

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Today, a gas tank explosion was reported at the Hot Chicken restaurant located in Villalobos, Pedregal.

Two people were burned by the explosion, they were taken to the nearest medical center by SUME911 staff.

Units of the Panama Fire Department also showed to the place, in order to investigate the cause of this explosion.(La Critica)

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The Fire Department Informed They Will Take A Few Days To Put Out Fire At ZLC

Safety & SecurityEdmundo Sterling, captain of the Fire Department in Colon, said they will probably take several days before they manage to put out the most recent fire in the Colon Free Zone, which took place less than a month and a half after the previous fire.

"Our units are still working on putting out the fire, but luckily we have managed to secure the area where the fire is concentrated, to avoid it from affecting other locations,” said Sterling.

The fireman said an entire block at the ZLC was destroyed by the fire, which was reported at 8:00 p.m. last night.

Caco Abo Internacional S.A., Textela, Top Shoes, Logistic American Target, Marketing Security, Mabal, Gin Chan and Quality Frai, were some of the companies affected by the fire.

By orders of the deputy director of the Fire Department of Panama, the colonel Rodrigo Baruco, three fire trucks are being sent to the area and the staff from the Fire Department of Panama has been instructed to go to the area.”

They also informed that the electricity in the area was suspended as a security measure. (Prensa)

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Fire Reported At Furniture Store In Las Mañanitas

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Yesterday, a fire was reported at the furniture store Macanao Corporation SA, located in Las Mañanitas.

Israel Esquivel, one of the workers of the store, confirmed the owners of this place lost thousands of dollars because of this fire.

The fire consumed several furniture and damaged the local infrastructure, Residents of the area and firefighters helped to put out the fire.(La Critica)

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Employees From The PH Global Plaza Were Evacuated After A Fire Was Reported

Safety & SecurityEmployees and clients from the building PH Global Plaza, located in Calle 50, were evacuated from the building as a security measure due to a fire.

Staff from the Fire Department of Panama is currently inspecting floor by floor. (Telemetro)

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Two Fires Were Reported In The Western Area Of Panama

Safety & SecurityTwo fires were reported on Tuesday, November 5, in the western area of Panama.

The first took place in Villa del Campo, La Chorrera, when a house caught fire.

At the moment it happened there was no one in the house. The furniture, TV and other appliances burnt down.

According to TVN Channel 2, when the neighbors felt the smoke coming from the house, they called the fire department.

One of them explained that the neighbors who reported the fire were American, and they noticed the house was on fire while they were exercising.

Migdalia Higuera, another neighbor, said the owners of the house live somewhere else and they arrive at the place once or twice a week.

On the other hand, at El Tecal de Vacamonte, in Vista Alegre, Arraiján, a house, including an Internet Café and a workshop, caught fire at approximately 8:00 a.m.

Regardless of the quick response from the Fire Department, they managed to save a few things.

Three people were affected by the smoke and were assisted by paramedics from the Emergency Service Sume 911 and from the Fire Department of Arraiján.

Jesús Vásquez, one of the neighbors, said they were affected by the heat and the smoke due to the lack of equipment they had to enter the house on fire.

Another person who helped saving part of the property in the house, Pedro Costello, said everything started back in the workshop at around 8:00 in the morning, and since they were at this place, they helped in whatever they could until the firemen arrived.

Three fire trucks arrived at the place and a dozen of firemen from the stations in La Chorrera and Vista Alegre in Arraiján. (Mi Diario)

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The Fire Department Assisted An Emergency Call In Punta Pacifica

Safety & SecurityUnits from the Fire Department of Panama were assisting an emergency in the area of Punta Paitilla after receiving an emergency call.

The Colonel Pablo Tuñón informed the Panama America that a fire caused by a short circuit was registered in the area.

Through their Twitter account, the Fire Department said the Building Punta Roca, located at Ave. Winston Churchill in Punta Paitilla, was the structure affected by the fire.

The situation, according to the firemen, was controlled by staff from the management of the building with fire extinguishers and the National Fire Security, Prevention and Investigations Department (Dinasepi) is currently investigating the event. (Panama America)

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Small Fire Was Reported At Multiplaza

Safety & SecurityA small fire was reported this afternoon at a store of a luxurious brand in Multiplaza Mall. Customers at the shopping mall were scared when they saw a large amount of smoke coming out of the store.

Security and maintenance personnel ran to assist in the situation, with several fire extinguishers, while they were waiting for the Fire Department to arrive. (Telemetro)

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The Fire Department Of Colon Is Still Trying To Put Out The Fire At The Free Zone

Safety & SecurityThe manager of the Colon Free Zone (ZLC), Leopoldo Benedetti, said approximately 10 companies and 2 banks were destroyed after the fire that started at 8:15 p.m. yesterday, at a commercial area of the free zone.

The fire has not been completely suffocated. In fact, the authorities from the Fire Department of Colon said it could probably take around three days to put out the fire completely.

“This is a major loss of millions of dollars, we have not been able to count the total amount we lost, but we will have a complete statement of everything that was affected by the afternoon,” said Benedetti.

Staff from the National Civil Protection System installed a security fence in the perimeter to avoid further incidents with the employees of other companies in the area. (Prensa)

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Devastating Fire At A Warehouse Near The Colon Free Zone

Safety & SecurityOn Wednesday night there was a devastating fire in a warehouse near the Colon Free Zone.

The fire started at approximately 8:00 p.m. and covered the four stories of the infrastructure, to the point where some of the walls started collapsing.

Units from the Fire Department of Panama assisted the emergency call; however, there was no water at the place. (Telemetro)

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Fire In Ojo De Agua

Safety & SecurityA fire burned down some of the warehouses in Panexport in Ojo de Agua, San Miguelito, causing thousands of dollars in loss.

According to the information, some of the warehouses burned down completely, which is why this event is being thoroughly investigated by the Fire Department of Panama.

Units from four different Fire Departments had to go to the place because it was getting pretty difficult to put out the fire.

At the beginning they were trying to put it out with water, but later they used foam, according to a source in the Fire Department.

The authorities said there were approximately 3,000 liters of alcoholic beverages inside these warehouses.

The officials in charge of leading the operation had to close the road of the community connecting with the Boyd Roosevelt due to the magnitude of the event.

After four hours of work, they finally let the residents of the area go in, who finally managed to go back to their homes.

According to preliminary reports from the National Police, there were no victims or injured caused by this incident, only material damage. (Critica)

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Bomb Threat In Banesco

Safety & SecurityEmployees and clients from the Ocean Business Plaza (Banesco Tower) in Marbella, Calle Aquilino de la Guardia, were terrified after they were evacuated due to a bomb threat.

According to Abdiel Escudero, from the Fire Department of Panama, the administration representatives from the building gave this warning at 8:20 a.m. Upon arrival of the firemen and bomb squad from the National Police, the employees and clients were evacuated from the tower. Buildings next to Banesco were also evacuated.

27 floors were inspected for three hours to rule out the existence of a bomb. Staff from Banesco reported this was a false alarm and said the 21 establishments of this bank are normally operating. (Siglo)

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Surveillance Against Terrorists In Panamanian Airports Is Strengthened

Safety & SecurityThe Tocumen Airport was favored with an additional budget of 4 million dollars in concept of transfer of items.

These transfers will be used to strengthen security in the airports of David, Colon and Rio Hato.

The Tocumen Airport received a total of 500 thousand dollars for the construction of two police stations with the purpose of maintaining police presence, specifically in the airports Enrique Jiménez in Colon and Scarlett Martínez in Rio Hato, Cocle.

The manager of this institution, Juan Carlos Pino, said 9,600 ft of runway lights cables were recently stolen from the airport Enrique Jiménez.

The second item for $3.6 million is aimed to continue with the face recognition project, a technological system used to capture the face of dangerous terrorists in the airports Enrique Malek (David), Enrique Jiménez (Colon) and the one in Rio Hato. (Estrella)

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A Fire Was Reported In San Francisco

Safety & SecurityOn Wednesday afternoon there was a fire at Calle 64, San Francisco. Four people were hurt with minor injuries caused by the fire.

The Fire Department received a call at 7:14 p.m, and they managed to put out the fire in 20 minutes. There were no victims.

Firemen from Bethania and Calidonia went to the site to control the situation. (Telemetro)

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Panama Is Category One In Air Traffic Operational Safety

Safety & SecurityThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as part of the International Audit of Aviation, confirmed the position of Panama as being category 1 regarding operational safety.

The director of the Civil Aeronautical Authority (AAC), captain Rafael Bárcenas, and Mr. John Barbagallo, Division Manager of the Flight Standards Service International Programs and Policy Division (AFS-50) of the FAA had a meeting in which they confirmed Panama’s certification.

Bárcenas said the country is leader in security, customer service and airport operations for the benefit of the users who transit through the airports.

“The FAA thanked the commitment of the country in maintaining their excellence and urged the institution to continue providing great quality service,” said the director of the AAC.

He said the institution will receive the official announcement during the next few weeks from the government of the United States, in which they officially certify the assessment issued by the FAA. (Critica)

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Security Entities Conducted A Drill At The Panama-Colon Highway

Safety & SecuritySeveral security institutions participated in a drill by the neighborhood of Nueva Italia in the Panama-Colon highway.

The drivers in the area were confused as they thought this was a traffic accident; however, this was only an exercise to test the response capacity of these authorities.

Members from the Fire Department of Panama, Red Cross, National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), and the National Police participated in this drill. (Telemetro)

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Mulino Said The Latest Crimes In The Country Are Related To Drug Trafficking

Safety & SecurityThe Security Minister, José Raúl Mulino, said believing there is no violence in Panama is a utopia; however, he said the last crimes reported in the country are related to drug trafficking and rivalry between gangs.

He said it is important that the media takes note of these murders, but said it is necessary to know the difference because these murders don’t have anything to do with the security issue in the country, and said they are related to drug trafficking and gangs.

Mulino gave this statement during the ceremony of the V anniversary of foundation of the Aeronaval Service, where some units from this institution were promoted. (Critica)

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A Fire Was Reported At The Building Pacific Point In Punta Paitilla

Safety & SecurityAt 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday a fire was reported at the building Pacific Point which is next to the Punta Pacifica Hospital, behind Torres Las Américas in San Francisco.

According to the statement by Captain Irán Ponce, from the Investigations Section in the Fire Department, the fire was at the 40th floor of the building.

Even though the apartment had to be evacuated as part of the procedure in this type of cases, there were no injured.

The fire was completely suffocated and the residents went back to their apartment.

Ponce said they will carry out the necessary investigations to determine the cause of the fire. (Prensa)

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A Vessel At The Bradway Boatyard In Balboa Caught Fire

Safety & SecurityThe Fire Department took an emergency call for a fire in a vessel at the Bradway boatyard in the Balboa port.

Two units from the Fire Department were affected after inhaling smoke, therefore they receive first aid.

Rogelio Baruco, official from the Fire Department, said the fire started because the workers did not take the necessary caution measures when they were carrying out welding works.

He said the firemen had to wait for over an hour because it was a confined space, so they had to use foam.

The firemen sent the speedboat Niña Isis to the Bradway boatyard, to assist in putting out the fire.

A thick column of smoke is currently coming out of the ship at the port. (TVN)

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