Family of four die trapped in attic in Basque Country blaze

  • They were trapped in a flat located in the attic of an aged wooden building

A young couple and their two children died in a house fire in the Zorroza district of Bilbao, in the Basque Country, last Saturday. Nine other people were injured, two of them seriously.

The family that died were trapped in a flat in the attic of the wooden building. Miraculously an 11-year-old boy survived, found in a corner of the same room as his family. The grandparents of the deceased father also lived in the 40-square-metre flat and survived by jumping to the street. Neighbours had criticised the age and condition of the building.