A Survivor Recalls Horrors Of Mexico’s Migrant Center Fire That Almost Killed Him
On March 28, 2023, a fire broke out in a migrant detention center in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, just a few feet from the US border. The fire quickly spread through the overcrowded facility, trapping hundreds of migrants inside.
One survivor, a 28-year-old man from El Salvador, spoke to TPR about the horrors he witnessed that day.
The Fire Starts
The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was sitting in his cell when he smelled smoke. He got up to investigate and saw that a sleeping pad had been set on fire.
The flames quickly spread, and the cell was soon filled with smoke. The man and his cousins ran to the back of the cell, as far away from the fire as they could get.
Trapped in the Inferno
The man said he could hear people screaming and crying as the fire raged around them. He and his cousins tried to find an exit, but there was none.
The smoke became so thick that the man could barely see. He started to cough and choke. He felt like he was going to pass out.
Guards Fail to Respond
The man said he could hear guards shouting outside the cell, but they did not open the gate.
"If you were gonna do it, you’d have already done it by now," the man recalls the official responding.
The Fire Spreads
The fire continued to spread, and the man and his cousins were forced to back up further and further. The heat was becoming unbearable.
The man said he could see people collapsing to the ground, unconscious from the smoke.
The Man Escapes
The man eventually managed to escape the cell through a small window. He ran outside and took a deep breath of fresh air.
He looked back at the detention center and saw that it was engulfed in flames. He could hear people screaming inside.
Aftermath of the Fire
The fire eventually burned itself out, but by then, it was too late. Eleven people had died, and dozens more were injured.
The man said he was traumatized by what he had seen. He said he couldn’t believe that the Mexican government had allowed such a tragedy to happen.
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- Human rights
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The fire at the migrant detention center in Ciudad Juárez was a tragedy that should never have happened. It is important to remember the victims of the fire and to fight for the rights of migrants and refugees.
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A Survivor Recalls Horrors Of Mexicos Migrant Center Fire That Almost, Web"I asked for water and a guard responded, 'You want it, give me 500 pesos,'" the migrant from El Salvador recalls. That's about $30. To migrants' demands for water,. WebMany of the victims had travelled from Central and South America trying to get to the US. The blaze at the facility in Ciudad Juárez broke out shortly before 22:00.