“We lost everything, but not our children, they are alive,” said the parents of two children who were saved from burning to death after a house fire in downtown Huancayo. Oswaldo Cárdenas Cusipuma and Elizabeth Rojas Yauri, had gone out to work and left their children in a house on block 8 of Jirón Lima, located in the center of Huancayo, which burned after the deflagration of helium balloons.
In the place, everything was left in ashes, including a kangaroo and a can with about 60 thousand soles, which the spouses kept as savings.
It all happened at noon yesterday. First the smoke was noticed and after the first deflagration, Roxana, 24, who was in the care of the minors, quickly left terrified, along with little Adrián (2) and Ruth (9) who resulted in part of their hair burned. Desperate neighbors were running with buckets of water trying to put out the fire, when two more explosions occurred, which sounded like bombs.
People started running to avoid being hit by the blast wave. The police and serene, asked the neighbors to withdraw from the area. Firefighters arrived to put out the flames, they also removed the 5 helium and gas balloons. Upon entering the building, there was only rubble, the fire devoured furniture, plastics, clothing, umbrellas and materials with which balloons are inflated and 60 thousand soles, everything was burned.
The captain of the Huancayo fire company, Ángel Valerio, said that some 15 emergencies due to fires and gas leaks occurred in the 28 days of the month of January. The volunteer said that the firefighters removed several gas and oxygen cylinders from the house to prevent further explosions, but everything inside was ashes. He also explained that a deflagration occurs when the gas is concentrated in the environment, which, when in contact with a spark of fire, generates the deflagration, which sounds like an explosion. He noted that they did not arrive before to attend to the emergency, given that Sedam Huancayo delayed in supplying water so that the tanker can attend to the emergency. Finally, he commented that it is up to the authorities to investigate this fact.
Police find S / 60 thousand burned
State Security Police who arrived at block 8 of Jr. Lima, to carry out investigations of the possible cause of the fire. When checking the environments, the agents found the kangaroo where there were more than three thousand soles burned and a can where there was more money that added up to about 60 thousand soles of the savings of a lifetime. “Many of the bills can be changed, their codes are intact,” said an agent. The Police will also investigate if the cause of the accident was due to a gas leak or short circuit.
They couldn’t contain their tears. Oswaldo Cárdenas and Elizabeth Rojas hugged their children, ages 2 and 9. “We have lost everything, but our children are alive,” said vendors selling helium balloons and umbrellas. When the accident occurred they were in the wholesale market, selling their merchandise and when they were alerted, they ran to their home.
After the fire in the little house they rent, the family had nowhere to sleep or to eat. Now they don’t know what to do, because they have lost everything. The children were evacuated to the El Carmen hospital, where the doctors certified their good health. Any help to this family call 988 626 345 or 944 330 626.