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September 2022    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 48, No. 9   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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How Safe Are You From Fire?

lessons from the Allegro Cozumel Hotel fire

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The Allegro Cozumel Hotel caught fire on July 31. After starting in the Kids' Club, it spread quickly to the palapas (palm-thatched-roofs) of buildings, reports the Riviera Maya News. When staff members tried to extinguish the fire with hoses, they could draw no water. Hotel employees tried the fire extinguishers, but they were not in good condition, so the fire got out of control.

Allegro Cozumel Hotel fireTwelve 12 eight-room villas were destroyed, along with three dive buildings, three Kids' Club buildings, and a massage building, all of which had palapa rooftops. The fire apparently started from a short circuit in a compressor in the Kids' Club. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation, two for first-degree burns, and two others for ankle sprains....

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