The terrace of the collapsed Mallorca bar did not have a license, says the mayor

Sofia Ferreira Santos,bbc news

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The Medusa Beach Club was a beach restaurant in one of the busiest areas of the regional capital, Palma de Mallorca.

The terrace of a Mallorcan restaurant that collapsed last Thursday, killing four people, did not have a license to operate.

The mayor of Palma de Mallorca, Jaime Martínez, said on Tuesday that the first floor terrace was not authorized for any activity or use.

Four people were killed and 16 injured in the incident at the Medusa Beach Club.

Police said the terrace collapsed due to the “excessive weight” placed on it.

Martínez said the property failed a technical construction inspection last year, according to local media.

“The basement had a license to operate as a music bar, the ground floor had a restaurant license but the first floor did not have a license for any activity, nor was it authorized to use the terrace,” explained the mayor.

The city’s fire department estimated that about 21 people were on the terrace when it collapsed.

Eder García, chief of the fire department, said the restaurant had prepared a larger table for a group of tourists that night instead of distributing the tables on the terrace as usual, which they believe may have caused the collapse.

“There shouldn’t be anyone up there,” he added.

The collapse occurred around 8:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. GMT) on Thursday.

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Firefighters have removed large pieces of debris from the scene.

Local media reported that the terrace was partially renovated in 2013 without the corresponding permits from the city council.

Spanish newspaper El País said the venue’s owners were fined 4,500 euros (£3,830) for the breach in 2020.

The council now hopes to evaluate the strength of the construction materials used for the terrace, based on tests with debris collected from the site.

Martinez said preliminary investigations supported police’s earlier statement that the terrace collapsed because there were a large number of people at the time.

The mayor added that several reports, prepared by the city council, had been sent to the police and the prosecutor’s office. He added that the city will participate in any future lawsuits over the collapse.

A firefighter described Thursday’s scene as “a nightmare,” according to local newspaper Última Hora.

He added that when his team arrived, people were crying and screaming as they stood around the rubble on the ground.

Witnesses recalled hearing a loud noise, which sounded like an explosion, at the time of the incident.

The victims were a 23-year-old Spanish woman who worked at the bar, two German women aged 20 and 30, and a 44-year-old Senegalese man, allegedly Abdoulaye Diop, who made national news in 2017 for rescuing a man who was struggling in coastal waters. from Mallorca.

Only one of the 16 injured people remains in the hospital, authorities said.

The Medusa Beach Club is one of dozens of bars, restaurants and hotels located along Playa de Palma, a long beach stretching east from the city of Palma, catering to tourists staying in the area.

Mallorca is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean.

Last year, more than 17 million people visited the Islands.

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