Buenos Aires Burning: 4-Alarm Fire Engulfs Downtown Park

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A massive fire in the City of Buenos Aires lit up the skies over Puerto Madero and Microcentro last night, and six fire station units were needed to get the blaze under control.

The fire broke out in the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve east of Puerto Madero around 8:00 p.m. last night and quickly engulfed an area the size of three football fields. The reserve’s open spaces and dry vegetation served as ample fuel for the fire whose flames rose 30 to 60 feet above the 865-acre park.

Images of the fire quickly spread on Twitter while local news team helicopters hovered over Puerto Madero filming the blaze. Winds coming from the north pushed the flames toward the villa Rodrigo Bueno on the southern edge of the Costanera Sur, but firefighters were able to contain the fire shortly before 10:00 p.m.

Speculation grew overnight regarding the cause of the fire, and city officials are speculating that it was set intentionally, according to La Nacion’s Maria Pagano and Gonzalo Prado.

Fortunately, firefighters’ efforts were aided last night by the fact that, just yesterday, the City had pumped 300,000 cubic meters of water into the Los Coipos Lake as part of a reserve revitalization project. (Full Story in Spanish)

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