The balcony collapse that killed seven people in Bolivian capital of San Pedro Sula has been linked to a recent increase in balcony fires in Bolivia, which has seen a series of similar incidents in recent years.
Bolivians were reportedly forced to abandon their balconies and move indoors after seeing similar incidents happen in the country’s cities.
The balcony collapses occurred after a fire broke out on one of the balconies in a hotel in the Bolivar neighbourhood of San Pablo, in Bolivia’s central Andean state of San Luis Potosi.
Firefighters and security personnel responded to the incident and managed to save the occupants.
They were able to return the damaged balcony to its original location and the cause of the fire is currently being investigated, local news channel Nuevo Mundo reported.
The fire broke through the main door of the hotel and caused the hotel’s owner to flee the scene.
Local media said that the owner of the property is also a security guard, and that the authorities are still investigating the cause.
Bolivia has seen an alarming number of balcony fires and is the second-most populous country in South America after Ecuador.
The country has a population of around 40 million, and more than 80% of the country is covered by vegetation, according to a report from the World Bank.
The government in Bolívar has ordered the construction of new security measures to combat the rise in balcony fire, the Associated Press reported.
In April, an apartment building in San Pedro, a Bolivarian capital, collapsed after a balcony was lit on fire in the lobby.
The building, which is owned by the San Juan company, was partially damaged and was partially destroyed, according the Associated New York Times.
Authorities are investigating the incident.
In August, a fire that destroyed a hotel and a hotel restaurant in the Andes state of Bolivia sparked the largest balcony collapse of its kind in the world.
The blaze started when a group of people were eating lunch in a restaurant and decided to break the rules by sitting in a chair in a balcony, the AP reported.
They decided to light a small fire in their chair, which caused the building to collapse.
The collapse killed at least seven people, including two people who were found dead on the balcony, according Reuters.