Peru firefighters don’t have enough water to put out blaze


Living in Peru
Israel Ruiz

Broken hoses, frustration and curse words spoken at air that was filled with smoke and ash was how El Comercio daily described the difficult situation Peruvian firefighters had to experience last night.

It was under these circumstances that firefighters in the Limean area of Zarate, tried to put out a fire last night on the sixth block of Santa Monica Street.

"There isn’t any water," yelled firefighters as a blaze consumed the machinery and raw materials inside a factory that manufactured blankets.

"The same thing always happens in San Juan de Lurigancho," said fire commander Alberto Marticorena, who later explained that he had to ask for SEDAPAL water company to open its water valves for one hour and a half (5:30 – 7 p.m.) before they listened.

To top this off, as commander Marticorena was requesting more water, one of his fire hoses broke, striking a reporter and shattering his camera.

Neighbors frantically collected water and took basins and bins filled with water to firefighters.

Representatives from SEDAPAL water company stated they did not receive a call about a fire until 5:56 p.m., assuring they opened water valves and increased water pressure to its fullest at 6:30 p.m.

It was reported that at 7 p.m. water pressure was high enough for firefighters to control the fire. Once the water arrived, it took firefighters ½ an hour to control the blaze.

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