Madrid fire services have just announced that the 99 percent of the fire which has gutted one of Spanish capital’s tallest buildings has been put out. Firemen have been working all day to try and control Madrid’s biggest ever fire. The Windsor building is in the heart of Madrid’s commercial and banking center, and it has been destroyed by the fire. Emergency services are now concerned about the burned building collapsing to the ground.
The fire broke out last night, and firefighters were called to the scene at 11 O’clock pm. Nobody has confirmed what caused the blaze, but fire experts say the evidence points to an short circuit electrical fault. One side of the building has already collapsed and three firemen have been injured, none seriously, and taken to hospital. There have been no other casualties.
Madrid’s mayor, Ruiz Gallardon, has appeared on television and radio to give the latest news. According to Ruiz Gallardon, the main aim of the fire services during the night and all morning, has been to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.
The streets around the skyscraper have been evacuated, and three metro stations have been closed.
The Windsor building provided office space to a number of small and large companies including Deloitte (whose staff occupied 20 floors of the skyscraper) and Garrigues.
See photo of burnt skyscraper in Madrid (source: Cadena Ser)