A firefighter was killed and three others were seriously injured, Wednesday, July 13, in the crash of their craft, so that they went on a fire near the Barcarès (Pyrénées-Orientales), where more than 3000 tourists were evacuated from various campsites threatened by flames.
the accident happened for a reason yet unexplained, on a small country road, while their colleagues were fighting against a major disaster at the gates of four campsites, on the shores of the Mediterranean.
a firefighter Perpignan, aged forty years, died in the lurch the van he drove to Baho, not far from a disaster. Three volunteer firefighters who accompanied him were hospitalized in Perpignan “in absolute emergency” , said Helen Girardot, chief of staff of the prefect.
The vehicle is off the road and rolled several times, she said, 18 to 30 pm Wednesday, but the information has not been disclosed until the families are informed. In a statement released at night on its website, the fire and rescue service of the Pyrénées-Orientales (SDIS66) announces “with great sadness the tragedy that just touch the” .
The four men were mobilized to a fire in Torreilles, which, fanned by a strong wind, threatening to burn four campsites full of tourists from many nationalities.
Seventeen firemen were also bothered by the smoke, and two others suffered from the effect of “blast” because of the explosion of campers gas cylinders, according to the prefecture . More than 3 000 people on holiday in the campsites were evacuated very quickly, without letting fear take hold. “We smelled smoke, we saw trackers in the sky, and people camping asked us right away from leaving our cars’ , testified retired.
in this sector whipped by the north wind, the disaster has burned seven paintings tent and completely destroyed twenty-two bungalows of two campsites in Torreilles, said Helen Girardot. Thirty other sites were unusable because of damage to the power grid, according to the town hall. Two threatened neighboring campsites were also evacuated preventively and tourists could all return to their evening location.
This Wednesday was also marked by a second major fire in the neighboring department of Aude. There, in the northwest of Narbonne, two hundred hectares of pine forest were burnt, not far from the Tour de France, without hindering the Tour.
Once the fire control, around 21 pm, some 200 men remained on the ground, at night, to complete turn off the claim and monitor possible takeovers, said the SDIS de l’Aude. Earlier, the Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, was “praised the courage and action” of the 400 firefighters deployed to these two fires. A total of six water-bombing aircraft and ground crews of civil security have been deployed, according to a statement.