The demolition in Las Piedras culminates: “The house is already on the ground, it does not represent a danger”

The authorities culminated on Sunday night, the demolition of the residence of the Mansiones de los Artesanos urbanization, in Las Piedras, in which an explosion occurred on the morning of last Friday, they confirmed to The new day the director of the Municipal Emergency Management Office (OMME), Xavier Muñoz.

In the incident – which, according to experts, would have been caused by a propane gas leak – he died Eliezerth Silk; while, his wife, Janine Goldthorpe, is in the Medical Center hospital in Río Piedras.

“The house is already on the ground, it does not represent danger”the official said in a phone call.

The work began at around 11:00 in the morning and lasted about eight hours, until just before 7:00 at night.

Muñoz indicated that, before the demolition, the federal authorities took some pieces of the residence to investigate them.

“At the time of the collapse of the residence, we did not find anything striking. Only, they removed a piece that the federals sent to collect, they only took that. The feds are in the laboratory verifying the items that were taken “, said the director of OMME in Las Piedras.

In addition, the official reported that, as it no longer represented a danger, the area was handed over to the couple’s relatives.

Structural engineers consulted by the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (Nmead) and the Department of Public Safety recommended demolishing the structure because it represented a risk of collapse due to the damage it suffered.

The blast was of such magnitude that houses up to two blocks away were damaged by the blast.

The demolition works were attended by the Firefighter, Emergency Management and Disaster Administration offices and the Police; the Agency for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the municipalities of Juncos, Gurabo and Humacao; LUMA Energy and the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority, among others.

Woman continues in care condition

The 57-year-old woman, who suffered burns after the explosion of her residence, continues in a condition of care, the director of Press and Communications of the Puerto Rico Medical Services Administration (ASEM) reported this afternoon. Jesus Velez Rodado.

“The condition is reserved, of care”the spokesperson said in written statements to the press.

A reserved prognosis refers to when doctors cannot predict the evolution of an injury or illness because of the risk of complications or because all the symptoms are unknown.

“The patient, a 57-year-old female, of English nationality and who suffered serious burns at home when the gas tank of the washing machine exploded, is being cared for in the Stabilizing Unit of the Trauma Hospital of the Medical Center of Puerto Rico”added Vélez Rosado.

The press officer indicated that, at the moment, he could not offer more information.

Previously, Vélez Rosado reported that the event could have started when, “Apparently, the gas (propane) tank in the washing machine exploded, causing second degree burns to Goldthorpe.”

The woman was burned in 80% of her body, said yesterday the director of the emergency room, Charlie Gómez, in an interview with Telemundo’s Telenoticias.

In an interview with The new day, Seda’s sister, Gisel Vazquez, He maintained that Goldthorpe’s family was making arrangements related to the requirements for COVID-19 to reach Puerto Rico from England. He described his sister-in-law as a woman “with a beautiful heart, dynamic, helpful, very sweet, hard-working, intelligent.”

The tragic events occurred around 9:30 am and the sound of the explosion was heard in towns such as San Lorenzo, Juncos, Yabucoa and Caguas.

The community board of residents canceled the turkey race and all the events that were going to take place until the end of the year due to the emotional impact that the tragedy represents for the entire community.

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