10 tourists die
in hotel fire
03/02/2007 23:10 - (SA)
Santiago - A fire swept through a small hotel in
Chile's southernmost city Punta Arenas early on Saturday
leaving 10 foreign tourists dead, a fire department
Commander Rene Mansilla said four of the victims
were from Argentina, four from Germany and two from
Mansilla said the identities of the victims were
not immediately available because the fire destroyed
most of their documents and the hotel registration
"Police are working on that but clarifying the
situation may still take a couple of days," he
He said the nationalities of the victims were established
because an employee of the Blue House hotel recalled
assigning them the rooms.
The cause of the fire was being investigated. Mansilla
said the hotel's rooms did not have fire detectors.
Most of the victims apparently died of suffocation,
Twenty-one tourists were at the hotel when the fire
Punta Arenas, located on the Strait of Magellan,
is a popular jumping off point for Patagonia-region
attractions, most notably the world-renowned Torres
del Paine National Park.
Canadians abroad: Canadian killed in Chile hotel
A Canadian woman is among 10 tourists killed by a
fire that destroyed a small hotel in Punta Arenas,
Chile’s southernmost city, authorities said
yesterday. Investigators were still probing the cause
of the fire, which swept through the hotel before
dawn on Saturday. They said the hotel lacked smoke
detectors and other safety features. The authorities
released the identities of eight of the 10 tourists.
They did not name the two other tourists who died
in the fire, but said they were from Canada and Australia.
Punta Arenas is a popular jumping off point for Patagonia-
region attractions, most notably the world- renowned
Torres del Paine National Park.