7 die in fire destroying Argentine bank archives

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's security secretary says seven first-responders were killed battling a fire that destroyed an archive of bank documents.

The fire at the Iron Mountain warehouse took hours to control and the sprawling building appears to be ruined despite the arrival of at least 10 squads of firefighters Wednesday.

Security Secretary Sergio Berni says the dead include five firefighters and two civil defense workers who were killed when a wall of the building collapsed on top of them.

National civil defense director Alberto Crescienti says nine others were hospitalized with serious injuries.

Buenos Aires civil defense director Guillermo Montenegro says the archives contained banking documents.

The cause of the blaze isn't immediately clear. Iron Mountain advertises that its facilities have multiple protections against fire.

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