MEXICO CITY — Three workers died and a 5,400-square-foot warehouse was destroyed in a fire on Dec. 26 in a southern suburb of Mexico City. The building was owned by Amalco SA de CV, a distributor of disposable plastic plates, cups and straws.
The cause of the blaze, controlled after one hour, has not been determined, although a local paper, La Jornada, quoted a government official as saying it was an electrical short circuit.
``The company has continued to operate, since for the Christmas season, we had rented a second warehouse,'' General Manager Mario Hernandez said in a Jan. 7 telephone interview.
He estimated the fire caused more than 1 million pesos ($124,000) in damages to the buildings and inventory.
The three who died — two women and one man — were packers at the plant. Their families will be compensated according to Mexican law, Hernandez said.
Amalco is considered a small to medium-sized firm in Mexico. The company has about 35 employees, and sales for 1997 were estimated at about 14 million pesos ($1.74 million).
Hernandez also denied the local newspaper's allegation that the warehouse was operating in clandestine fashion, and he emphasized that the company's operations are all within regulations.