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Fire leaves 3 establishments burned, 25 unemployed

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – The recent restaurant fires in central Playa del Carmen have left at least 25 people out of work.

During the early morning hours of October 25, the palapa roof of La Perla restaurant was seen on fire by passing police. Before fire officials finished dousing that fire, two other restaurants suffered damage. In all, three eateries became inoperable leaving 25 employees without work.

La Perla staff arrived two mornings after the fire to being a clean-up and rescue of anything that could be saved. One of the employees said that “We will wait for a meeting with the owners to learn what will happen. We do not know if they are insured, if we are to wait or if we are going to be paid at least the base.” He added that, “Here we are a total of 15 workers between chefs, waiters and administration.”

La Perla was the initial restaurant hit by the fire. It has been alleged that a 25-year-old from Chaipas set fire to the roof when his lit cigarette made contact with the palapa, setting it on fire almost instantly.

While the man alleged responsible for setting the fire could be held liable for damages, according to the Attorney General, the offense is a complaint and complainants need to prove evidence.

It will be between two and four weeks before all three establishments will be authorized to reconstruct their businesses. Total damages have yet to be determined.

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