The Enel Green Energy corporate building in Santiago, Chile, caught on fire on Friday, October 18, amid violent street protests.
The mass protests, sparked by concerns over the cost of living, follow days of fare-dodging and other action against rising transportation costs.
According to a statement from Enel Green Energy (translated via Google Translate), the fire started at 10 pm when “a group of strangers attacked the premises of the corporate building, specifically the emergency staircase.”
Workers were taken to a safe place and no injuries were reported. “Enel deeply regrets the serious acts of violence,” the statement said.
According to reports, the subway service was suspended during the demonstrations, and police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters. Credit: @vanitodelterror via Storyful