The Venezuelan Prosecutor confirmed on Friday that at least 11 people, 9 of them minors, died in a fire unleashed on Thursday in the city of Cagua, in the state of Aragua (north), despite the fact that the rescue teams initially They reported 10 deaths.
“My heartfelt condolences, my condolences, to the family of the victims of these unfortunate events that occurred last night in which nine teenagers and two young men have died so far,” said Attorney General Tarek William Saab, in a statement in which reported on a case of corruption.
Saab also explained that the fire occurred in a reed near a lake near Cagua where part of the crop is periodically burned “as part of the harvest”.
When that occurs, “weed animals come out” so “it is tradition” that the inhabitants of the area come to hunt them, something they have been doing for more than 30 years, according to the prosecutor.
However, this Thursday “changed the direction of the wind” by surprise, which drove the flames to the area where animals were hunting and the fire “left the victims trapped.”
However, he added that these data are “initial, preliminary facts” and “the prosecutors in charge of the case will seek, if any, responsibility.”
Finally, he assured that he has sent a commission of prosecutors who are already “in the place of the events … accompanied by the superior prosecutor of the Aragua state.”
The entire entourage integrates an “interdisciplinary commission” to do the corresponding investigations “to clarify what happened.”
Aragua was an industrial region and in the area factories of the automotive and food sector were installed, many of which have closed their doors in recent years due to the economic crisis that Venezuela is experiencing and that has implied a contraction of the economy superior to the fifty %.