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Government authorities help tourists affected by Tulum fire

Tulum, Q.R. — Authorities in Tulum have provided care to the tourists who were affected by the Jungle Market fire earlier this week. Mario Cruz Rodríguez, director of Economic Development, said that several tourists were affected with the loss of personal belongings and documents including passports.

Those affected by the fire have been provided with support by the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) and the National Institute of Migration (INM) on an emergency basis in obtaining new documents.

Addressing those who lost documents in the fire, the official urges them to approach the Tulum City Council so that support, guidance and assistance can be provided.

On the night of January 6, the Jungle Market in the Tulum Hotel Zone caught fire. While no injuries were reported, the entire market was consumed by flames. Initially, only five establishments were reported as burned. However, the dry wood and grass materials combined with strong winds saw flames quickly spread to consume at least 16 businesses as reported by Gilberto Gómez Mora, head of Tulum Civil Protection.

It was at 3:00 a.m. when firemen reportedly had the fire extinguished. A second tally has put the loss of establishments at around 20, including several surrounding businesses, one of which was an accommodation centre that had all 10 rooms consumed by flames.

Details of the fire including how and where it started, as well as an official number of lost businesses, has yet to be released.