A fire in Manises destroys a warehouse of the largest importer in Valencia

A huge fire broke out in an industrial complex of eight warehouses in the industrial area of ​​Manises in Valencia today, Friday January 28. This batch of warehouses, located on Avenida Mas de l’Oli, next to the airport, is mainly dedicated to the import and storage of products for Chinese bazaars.

A warehouse was completely destroyed, but thanks to the quick action of employees, it did not spread to nearby facilities. Thick smoke from the fire and a collapsing wall even caused the temporary closure of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV) railway line, which passes nearby.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m., in a warehouse that would belong to a Chinese businessman considered the largest importer of Asian products in the Valencian Community. Reliable sources have informed laopiniondemalaga.es that the first hypotheses suggest that the origin of the fire was a spark from a nearby ironwork that was being welded.

Nico, one of the employees, recounted how they fought the fire: “We took the spears and, without fear, we threw water to try to put it out”. Fortunately, no injuries were reported and the Guardia Civil is investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

Other workers from nearby warehouses praised the work done in battling the fire until firefighters arrived. “Thanks to them, not everything burned down. The firefighters told us that if they had not acted, the same thing would have happened to the other warehouses”.

The intensity of the fire was such that it caused the rear wall of the warehouse to collapse directly onto the parallel FGV tracks. The track remained closed until the rubble was removed.

According to sources from the Provincial Fire Consortium, seven fire crews have been deployed to the scene of the blaze. Several ambulances were also mobilized, but were ultimately not needed. Twenty employees were evacuated when the fire broke out, but none were injured or affected by the fumes.

The fire occurred in one of the warehouses belonging to the Cova groundnut estate, which a few years ago was transformed into a Chinese hall. Of the 220 warehouses in the industrial zone, 180 are rented by Asian companies of all kinds: technology, textiles or products for multi-price stores.

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