A fire broke out around noon at the first floor of the Ministry of Public Health located at Av. Tiradentes, Ensanche La Fe in the National District. As reported, the fire affected the areas of purchasing and payroll. Seven fire trucks intervened to put the fire out. A fire truck was conveniently already at the Ministry when the first blaze happened. The firemen were there participating in a Covid-19 sanitizing effort. The day before, Health Minister Plutarco Arias had tested positive.
Everyone was evacuated and no one was physically harmed. The number of employees at the Ministry on the day was below the usual. The around 2,000 staff were gradually being tested for the virus. The most vulnerable employees had been sent home until the results of their tests were known.
There was material damage. There is speculation a short circuit affecting air conditioning units could have caused the fire. The causes are under investigation. The fire began in the finance department but the databases of the Ministry were not affected.
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22 October 2020