Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fire at Latin America's tallest building

A fire started at the BICSA tower in Panama City's banking center, arguably Latin America's tallest building. The project originally started called as Ice Tower, then was restarted as Star Bay Tower and is expected to house a Hilton Panama hotel.

According to La Prensa, the fire started Oct. 10 at 5:30 pm and firemen were still trying to control it 12 hours later, resulting in the evacuation of adjacent buildings in the banking center.

The building is developed by F&F Properties , which was found liable by the Engineers Society SPIA for the collapse of a faulty wall which in May 2009 brought down one lane of traffic, broke a 16-inch tube of the IDAAN water utility and caused $400,000 in damages to the Union Fenosa utility .