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Several structures burn in separate Tulum fires

Tulum, Q.R. — Tulum firemen had their hands full Monday dealing with two separate fires, both reported in the town of Tulum.

An artisan shop constructed of wood caught fire Monday in the center of Tulum. The structure, which consisted of three small a-frame sections, burned in their entirety Monday morning.

The fire was noticed shortly before 9:00 a.m. and attended to by Tulum firemen and personnel from municipal Civil Protection. Firemen were at the scene for less than an hour extinguishing the small three-sectioned structure.

A shop is seen fully engulfed in flames in central Tulum Monday. Photo: SSP February 5, 2024.

After the fire, only the wood frame was left. Everything inside was destroyed. There were no injuries reported.

Only parts of the wood frame were left. Photo: SSP Feb. 5, 2024.

Early Monday afternoon, Tulum firemen were requested at a second location due to a palapa fire. At the scene, firemen arrived to one large and one small palapa roof fire.

The strong winds felt Monday quickly fanned flames from the larger structure onto a smaller nearby structure. Both burned fast and generated a large amount of smoke near the entrance of the Tulum archaeological zone.

A work crew did their best to guide traffic past the burning site until Tulum firemen arrived.

An official cause for both fires has not been made public, however, strong winds were responsible for the felling of numerous poles and trees around the state, some of which took down power lines.