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YESTERDAY--Aerial photo of the spreading fire from Mocambos palapa restaurant in downtown Isla Mujeres on Rueda Medina that was being fought by the firefighters of Civil Protection, the Navy, and Aguakan who were working to prevent its spread northward to the gas station. There were also concerns about a stationery propane tank. Posted by TV Isla Mujeres
Screenshots from a video (posted by Adrian Hueda Rasgado) of the
beginning of yesterday's fire---the amazing fellow on the roof at right
is known as Brian. Residents pitching in & risking their own safety
to help each other...(People are running into the smoke, moving merchandise to safety--there's a small vendor's booth in front of the fires).
YouTube video of yesterday's fire, including aerials & views from the Bay, posted by Milenio
On his personal FB page, the Director of Civil Protection & Firefighters, Merced Ortiz, responds to criticism and accusations on social media concerning the unfortunate fire downtown, which caused multiple structures to collapse and total losses to various businesses on Rueda Medina. He explains that his department received the call about the fire at 11:03 am, and they arrived at the scene at 11:15. He asks that people stop politicizing this tragic accident, emphasizing that Isla Mujeres is much bigger than any politics or any election. He points out that the firefighters standing around him are his companeros; they are trained firefighters who risk their lives for Isla Mujeres, who were face-to-face with the flames and contaminants for more than two hours. (The election is June 6, and earlier in the campaigning, Mr. Ortiz was one of the Mayoral candidates.)
Golf cart after the fire. Photo credit Isla Mujeres al Momento (screenshot from their video)
From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)
municipal government reports that wind caused this morning's fire to
travel from the Mocambo palapa restaurant to other businesses. The
flames were eventually extinguished by the efforts of residents, Civil
Protection, the Navy and Aguakan. Businesses who suffered losses include
the Miramar restaurant, Picus, La Luna, Artisania Huchim, and Muelle 7,
among others. The Director of Civil Protection and the Firefighters,
Merced Ortiz Maya, said the fire began in a fryer at the Mocambo
restaurant, which was a total loss.
municipal government reports that the Department of Civil Protection
and Firefighters, with support from the community, were cleaning up
after yesterday's fire, which damaged and destroyed multiple businesses
along Rueda Medina. Work was being done in the cordoned-off area to
prevent any flaring-up of hot spots and they were attending to potential
risks from propane tanks and electrical transformers.
Arrival of the Navy's water-pump truck, which reportedly wasn't working. Screenshot from video by TVIM. My caption of the video....The
reporter says that authorities closed Rueda Medina and cordoned off the
area, and are working to try and prevent further spreading of the fire
toward the north where it has burned other businesses. He explains that
businesses are assisting with their extinguishers and the Ultramar
ferry is in front of the restaurant to assist with their pump. There is
considerable concern about a nearby stationery propane tank and
preventing its spreading to the gas station. Another truck has arrived
from Aguakan to assist. (The Civil Protection water-pump truck was also fighting the fire).
SECOND ROUND OF VACCINATIONS FOR SENIORS--Screenshot from Noti's video of resident seniors at the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria yesterday for their second C-19 vaccination.
IM Noticiasposted these aerial shots of yesterday's fire:
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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe, Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.
Full moon Monday, April 26 Saturday rises at 6:57p over the Caribbean & the sun sets at 7:10
Tues, April 27 at 8:04p
Wed., April 28 at 9:12p
Thur., April 29 at 10:20p
Fri., April 30 at 11:25p
Public events have been suspended due to C-19, mostly. Some holidays have featured online competitions and events.
Monday, April 12 Easter holidays concluded and the Ultramar ferry resumed its previous schedule.
Wednesday, April 21 Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks, but
there will be interference from the moon until it sets at 2:50am. The
morning of the 23rd may be decent also, but the window is narrower
between moon set at 3:50 and sunrise.
Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
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