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Deadly fire engulfs Barcelona squatters’ warehouse


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image captionThe fire is out but the building is now very unstable

A fire has engulfed an abandoned warehouse occupied by dozens of people in a Barcelona suburb, killing at least two and injuring about 20 others.

Many of the squatters using the three-storey warehouse in Badalona were migrants, reports say.

Firefighters have found two bodies and some of the injured are in a critical condition. The blaze has now been put out, but the building is unstable.

It is not clear how the overnight blaze started. Dozens managed to flee.

Seven survivors are being treated for serious injuries in hospital and at least 12 others have minor injuries, medical sources say.

David Borrell, a senior firefighter in the Spanish port city, said parts of the warehouse had collapsed after the blaze and there was a risk that it could cave in, so his teams were proceeding very cautiously in the debris.

There have been squatters in the abandoned warehouse for at least seven years, the Catalan authorities say.

The Badalona district mayor, Xavier Garcia Albiol, said at least 60 people had managed to flee the blaze.

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image captionSeveral firefighting teams rushed to the industrial suburb

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