Thursday, February 26, 2004

Electrobras Fire

I was sitting in my office in Rio De Janeiro and over looking the office building next to me one day and I saw the building start to smoke, the heat was so intense that the building actually cracked and they had concerns that it may fall. Electrobras was the power company in Rio that just happened to be in the middle of an investigation concerning fraud, the fire started in their records room.


Brazil: On 26 February 2004, around 0430 local time, a major fire broke out in the 22-story Electrobras building in Rio de Janeiro, located on the corner of Avenida Rio Branco and Presidente Vargas, one of the busiest sections in downtown Rio. There have been no reported victims from the fire, but firefighting officials are worried that the building could collapse due to the fire causing structural damage to the building. The fire has caused traffic to come to a standstill in the area.

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