A fire broke out in the middle of Lisbon in the early afternoon, resulting in 5 light injuries and huge smoke visible throughout the Portuguese capital. This Thursday, in full red alert for the extreme temperatures and the risks of fire, the district of Penha da França ignited, more exactly in Vale de Santo António. These fires were responsible for 5 minor injuries (4 civilians and 1 fireman), and evacuation of local residents. Lisbob, the assistant of the expats in Portugal, tells you all about this fire in Lisbon.
FIRE OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN
The fire hit abandoned buildings in the middle of the vegetation. According to Tiago Lopes, commander of the Lisbon Fire Regiment, these buildings were the only ones affected by the flames. Nevertheless, 5 wounded, 4 civilians and 1 fireman, were because of the inhalation of fumes.
Tiago Lopes, said the fire required the presence of 150 firefighters, with the support of 50 vehicles and a helicopter. By the end of the afternoon, the fire was under control but the means will remain in place to ensure that no fire recurs. Surveillance by firefighters and civil protection will be strengthened in the coming hours.
Council services could not brush all, but deny responsibility
According to the president of the Junta de freguesia de São Vicente, "the abrupt change of wind has caused the burning of some tents near Calçada dos Barbadinhos and Quinta do Gusmão, a very abandoned area". As a precaution, parents were also invited to pick up their children from schools and nurseries around.
The municipality is clearing itself of the fact that it has not cleaned up the bush areas in the parish: "Last week, we ordered to clean up everything that was our responsibility and what the law could do. because of places with high inclination, there are areas that can not be cleaned, "he said. "What has been cleared by the town hall is what the town hall was able to clear.There is no equipment, no manpower to clean on a slope with a particular inclination."
The parish council of Penha de França recommends to its inhabitants to stay inside: "At the request of the municipal civil protection service, the residents of Avenida General Rohadas, Rua Castelo Branco Saraiva and the surrounding streets are required to stay confined to the house and with the windows closed to avoid inhaling the smoke from fires ".
The area of Vale de Santo António, in the heart of Penha da França, is part of an urbanization project currently under study by the Lisbon City Council to address the shortage of land and housing. This area represents a huge potential for the Portuguese capital.