San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.- This year marks the 32nd year of the last fire in the municipal palace of San Miguel de Allende . When in addition to being the municipal presidency it was also the jail. The incident began with an escape attempt.
It was the third fire in the municipal palace on Monday, February 4, 1991. The then fire department dispatch center received the report at 9:30 in the morning and warned of a strong smell of gas in said building, in front of the garden major.
Minutes later, an explosion shook the preventive police guard, and the fire spread, damaging the municipal building for the third time in its history.
The San Miguel de Allende Fire Department , which at that time had already been created for 8 years, controlled the three outbreaks caused in the attempted escape of the CERERSO inmates. Located at that time in the basement and backyard of the municipal presidency.
The contingency presented difficulties, such as the low water supply in the area. There was an additional risk because from the beginning it was said that the prisoners were armed. In addition to the detonations of automatic weapons.
The coordination for the supply of water to fight this fire was essential. It was brought through private pipes from various parts of the city to the place of the accident.
The operations were coordinated by First Commander Jesús Mercadillo Escobedo.
The firefighters sheltered in the walls of the main garden and to protect themselves from possible gunshots from inside. As well as the stored park that was already detonating, they fought this historic fire.
The work lasted until late that Monday night. The characteristics of this particular one were a challenge for all emergency personnel, since there were collateral risks as it was an emergency of this nature. However, all the personnel fought and attended, prioritizing the safety of the population and safeguarding a historic building.
The fire was finally controled by the the Honorable, Historic and Heroic Fire Department of San Miguel de Allende.
San Miguel Times