Nine civilian firefighters were killed in the collapse of a cave in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo

Nine civilian firefighters died in the collapse of a cave in the city of Altinópolis in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo and one was injured, local authorities said on Sunday.

The mayor of the city of Batatais, from which at least seven of the nine deceased come, Juninho Gaspar, has ordered a three-day official mourning. “It is an unprecedented tragedy,” lamented Gaspar in statements in the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.

The deceased belonged to a group of 28 people who were training to become civilian firefighters in a grotto. The remaining 18 people escaped the accident without serious injuries.

Nine civilian firefighters were killed in the collapse of a cave in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo
Nine civilian firefighters were killed in the collapse of a cave in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo

As Gaspar confirmed, the deceased worked as a volunteer firefighter and had helped put out the fires that struck the area just over a month ago.

Rescue operations were hampered by the rains and difficult access to the area. Five of the nine bodies could be transported by helicopter, the rest have to be recovered on foot due to poor visibility.

The governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, confirmed in a message on the social network Twitter that the state fire brigade had succeeded in ending the rescue work. “My condolences go out to the family and friends of the nine civilian firefighters who lost their lives in this tragedy,” wrote Doria.

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