Valencia fire death toll climbs to 10

The burned towers in the Nou Campanar neighbourhood of Valencia after Thursday’s blaze (Agspp/CC BY-SA 4.0 Deed)
Ten people are now known to have died in last week’s fire that spread fast at two residential towers in Valencia, Spain, as questions continue to be raised over their cladding, the BBC reports.

A further 15 were injured, including seven firefighters, by the fire that started early Thursday evening in the Nou Campanar neighbourhood in the north of the city centre.

The BBC reports that three people affected by the 2017 Grenfell fire in London went to Valencia to show solidarity to those who died, along with two people affected by a fire at apartments in Milan in 2021.

The broadcaster quotes Sawsan Choucair, whose mother, sister, nieces and brother-in-law died in Grenfell, as saying she saw “the same scene of destruction, the same image, even the same smell of burning plastic”.

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