Uruguay to open hospital for victims of Paraguay supermarket fire

MONTEVIDEO, Aug 2, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uruguay's National Center for the Treatment of Burnt People will receive victims of Sunday's supermarket fire in Paraguay, the Uruguayan Public Health Ministry said on Monday.

The center is the best equipped medical center in the region and will receive as many victims as possible, said Julio Vignolo, an official of the public health ministry.

The defense ministries of both nations will coordinate the transportation of the victims from Asuncion to Uruguay's Montevideo, Vignolo said.

He also said 14 Uruguayan medical specialists will arrive in Asuncion for emergency treatment on Monday night.

Sunday's fire that swept through a supermarket in the outskirts of Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay, killed at least 364 people and injured hundreds more on Sunday.