Since then, the police have been investigating what triggered the fire, which hasn’t been confirmed yet. However, theories include a gas explosion, a faulty fridge or wiring.
Whatever the cause, a teenage survivor, named Ines Alves, 16, also grabbed the attention of many. The young girl had an exam in the morning after the disaster and, instead of going to the hospital for a check up, she went to the exam hall.
Her father, Miguel, who was present when the fire happened, said, “I was in the lift, I pressed 13, and somebody pressed four. When the doors opened at the fourth floor, where the fire had started, smoke billowed into the lift. I just came out of the lift because I didn’t know what was going on, and I went up by the staircase to wake up my son and daughter.”
Reports say that Ines ran out of the building holding only her phone and her Chemistry revision notes. She said, “If I’m not sleeping, I may as well be studying.”
When discussing how Ines managed to focus on her exams and not let the fire terror affect her, Ines said, “It was at the back of my mind, but I managed to do the exam. I don’t think I did too badly.’’
What I think
I think that the girl was very brave to have done such a thing. Nowadays, some young people try to avoid doing an exam, whereas Ines wasn’t afraid to face it, no matter what she had been through the night before.
I can’t possibly imagine what she and everyone else affected by the fire are going through. My thoughts are with all the victims and their families.
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