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A teenager has died of the injuries she sustained when the outdoor heater at the bar she was drinking in exploded next to her.
Lucia Costa Osores was just 19-years-old when she died on her first night out since the coronavirus pandemic began after a heater in an outdoor bar engulfed her in flames when it exploded on Friday night.
The teen met friends at Zar Burgers in San Miguel, outside Buenos Aires, in Argentina, on Friday night when the horrific accident took place.
CCTV footage from the incident has since emerged, with Argentinian news outlet La Nacion providing an account of the moments leading up to the tragic explosion.
It is suggested that a member of bar staff poured alcohol on to a small fire heater at the side of the table attended by Ms Costa and her friends.
Within seconds, the heater exploded in flames with the punters at the table running for cover, but many were engulfed by the flames.
Ms Costa died as a result of the burns inflicted on her by the flames – while eight of her friends are also reported being “seriously injured”.
Ms Costa sustained burns to 40 percent of her body, including her face, chest and arms – with reports her respiratory tract “was compromised” as a consequence.
Lorena Costa, the mother of the victim, told La Nacion: “nobody did anything” to save her daughter and has argued that "justice for Lucia and for all the other boys; we are all together" is needed.
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The NY Post reports that local police have arrested the bar’s owner, a manager and an employee who have been charged with “culpable injuries” and “culpable homicide.”
Questions have been raised over the health and safety of the establishment – both under normal circumstances and those caused due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Independent reports that Manuel Aramayo, the Costa family’s lawyer, has stated the bar did not comply with social distance protocols.
He also argued there was a lack of an emergency exit, greater care should have been taken with the heater, and alleges: “The establishment only had one fire extinguisher.”
A spokesperson for the restaurant has said in a statement: “Zar Burger deeply regrets the incident that took place last night.
“We share the sorrow of Lucía Costa's family and we look forward to the prompt recovery of the other youngsters. From the first moment, we focused on every effort to clarify what happened, collaborating with justice.”
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