13 May, 2023 @ 16:30
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Tragic fire at Italian restaurant in Madrid claims a third life

Burro Canaglia restaurant
Burro Canaglia

ONE OF the people injured in a shocking fire at a Madrid restaurant on April 21 has died in hospital. The total number of victims from the incident, which took place at the Burro Italian restaurant in central Madrid, now stands at three. 

The latest victim from the tragic blaze was identified in Spanish daily El Español as Maria M., aged 41, and originally from the Basque Country. 

She was friends with another of the victims of the fire, a nurse who died at the scene. 

Together with two other friends, the victims were spending a weekend in the Spanish capital when the incident took place. 

The other victim of the fire was one of the restaurant’s waiters, a 25-year-old man. 

In total, five people were left with serious injuries by the blaze. Two of them are still receiving hospital treatment: two women aged 25 and 26, according to El Español. 

The latest victim was in a serious condition when admitted to hospital after having inhaled smoke and suffered burns to a large percentage of her body. 

The blaze is alleged to have started when a blow-torch used on one of the dishes in front of the diners set fire to the decorations in the restaurant: plastic plants that were hung from the ceiling and the walls. 

The incident has prompted restaurants to revise their decorations due to the risk of a similar fire, and has also called into question the trend for such gimmicks in a bid to encourage visitors who want to take selfies and post them on social media.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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