Victims Were Behind Locked Doors in View of Guards During Deadly Fire at Migrant Center, Video Shows

At least one migrant can be seen attempting to kick through a locked door as smoke fills the room during the 30-second clip of security camera footage

Migrant Facility Fire Victims Were Trapped Behind Locked Doors as Guards Paced on the Other Side
Photo: Equipo De Rescate Cd Juárez

New footage from the deadly detention center fire near the United States-Mexico border shows migrants attempting to escape the blaze as uniformed individuals paced outside their cell.

Mexico's National Migration Institute (INM) said 39 deaths and 29 injuries were reported following Monday's devastating fire in the Mexican state of Chihuahua in Ciudad Juarez.

A total of 68 men from Central and South America had been staying at the facility where the fire started around 10 p.m. that evening, INM added.

Footage of the blaze, shared Tuesday by the Equipo De Rescate Cd Juárez page on Facebook, shows two people dressed as guards pacing back and forth in front of what appears to be a security camera as the fire behind them continues to grow.

At least one migrant can be seen attempting to kick through a locked door as smoke fills the room during the 30-second clip. A migrant can also be seen standing at the locked door as the smoke completely consumes the image.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said migrants had set fire to multiple mattresses that were leaning against the bars of their detention cell, according to the NBC News and the BBC.

The migrants were protesting against possible deportations, López Obrador added, according to the Associated Press.

"They never imagined that this would cause this terrible misfortune," López Obrador said, per the AP.

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Viangly Infante Padrón, whose husband survived the fire, was waiting outside for his release when the fire broke out, per the report. The men had been placed in cells while women and children were freed after authorities took them into custody earlier that day.

Migrant Facility Fire Victims Were Trapped Behind Locked Doors as Guards Paced on the Other Side
Equipo De Rescate Cd Juárez

"The ones they let out were the women, and those [employees] with immigration," Padrón, 31, told the AP. "The men, they never took them out until the firefighters arrived."

Padrón's husband was among the individuals who managed to escape, per the AP's report. The father of three was later treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation.

Mexican officials said 68 migrants from countries such as Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela were inside the cell when the fire began, according to the BBC.

On Tuesday, migrant advocates said the facility was operating beyond its capacity. Blanca Navarrete, director of Comprehensive Human Rights in Action in Ciudad Juárez, said the estimated capacity is 60 people, according to NBC News.

"They should have limits on the number of people who can be locked up, and they're supposed to have protocols," said Gretchen Kuhner, the director of the Mexico-based group Women in Migration, per the report.

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