A MOTHER and her two children died when fire swept through their L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, fourth-floor apartment in Barcelona.
Her son, aged three, died with her in the fire, and, although firemen evacuated her daughter of six months, the child died hours later in hospital.
Emergency service sources later revealed that
two other occupants of the apartment, the children’s grandmother and aunt, survived the fire with minor injuries.
Initial investigations suggest that the fire was caused by a power overload, with too many appliances plugged into an adapter, disclosed the Mossos d’Esquadra, Cataluña’s regional police later revealed.
A police spokesman also stressed that there was no evidence of the family being “energy poor”.
There was no illegal electricity connection, and the family were not squatters, clarified L’Hospitalet’s Deputy Mayor, Frances Belver. “The family had a rent contract and a regular power supply,” he said.
Firemen explained afterwards that the apartment on the fourth floor of a block of six was full of highly-inflammable material, including furniture and mattresses.
“This was a violent fire that burned rapidly,” added the Deputy Mayor.
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