Authorities respond to a major fire in the historic center of Sao Paulo in the early morning of July 11. The fire is believed to have started in a building on Barao de Duprat Road number 95, near 25 de Marco Road in late July 10, and spread to nearby commercial buildings. As of early July 11, more than 80 firefighters were still battling the blaze. Authorities did not immediately confirm casualties from the incident and are advising residents to avoid the area.
Heightened security and business disruptions are likely on July 11 in central Sao Paulo. Localized traffic jams occur in the area; authorities may restrict access to nearby metro and bus stations, such as Sao Bento Station. Continued disruption is likely once firefighters extinguish the blaze as authorities investigate the incident.
Avoid the area until authorities clear it. Heed evacuation orders. Look for alternate routes around the affected area. Allow extra time to reach nearby destinations. Stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed, especially if you have a respiratory condition such as asthma or conditions that increase your risk of exposure to smoke. Eye irritation is possible; rinse irritated eyes thoroughly with clean water.