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Fire at Argentine bank archives kills nine

At least half of the sprawling archive, run by the Boston company Iron Mountain, was ruined in the blaze.
At least half of the sprawling archive, run by the Boston company Iron Mountain, was ruined in the blaze.GUSTAVO FIDANZA/DIARIO POPULAR/AFP/Getty Images

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Nine first-responders were killed and seven others injured as they battled a fire of unknown origin that destroyed an archive of corporate and banking industry documents in Argentina’s capital on Wednesday.

The fire at the Iron Mountain warehouse took hours to control and at least half of the sprawling building was ruined despite the efforts of at least 10 squads of firefighters.

The nine firefighters and civil defense workers were crushed when a brick wall collapsed on top of a large group of first-responders on the sidewalk and street outside. Tearful rescuers removed rubble by hand to reach their comrades.

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