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Strong winds cause CFE cable to fall, starting Cancun fire

Cancun, Q.R. — An electric cable making contact with dry material is said responsible for a Cancun junkyard blaze that consumed approximately 15 vehicles.

A broken CFE cable that fell to the ground from strong wind gusts on Sunday caused the fire, reported the director of Cancun firefighters Thomas Hurtado Morris. In a statement, he explained that they received the report of the fire in Region 100 around 1:00 p.m. Sunday. He says initially, a unit with four firemen responded to the call.

When they arrived, they found a broken CFE cable, which had fallen to the ground and due to it being live, generated a fire after making contact with garbage and wood. Since the fallen cable was live, firemen requested 11 additional fire elements as well as personnel from CFE to cut power.

He says that the fire, which began in a garbage-wood pile, quickly spread to a nearby junkyard affecting at least 15 vehicles. Firemen from the Cancun fire department were on scene as well as CFE and officials from Protección Civil Cancún. There were no injuries reported.