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SBD Global/February 18, 2014/Facilities

Independent Inspector To Probe Possible Fire Damage At Brazil World Cup Stadium

An independent inspector "will look into possible structural damage" caused by an October fire at a World Cup stadium in western Brazil, following a report that the blaze "was far worse than government officials have previously said," according to Brian Winter of REUTERS. The inspector, whose visit to the stadium in the city of Cuiabá was already scheduled for Monday, "will report his findings back" to FIFA and Brazilian officials. FIFA spokesperson Delia Fischer said, "We're looking into the allegations" that the fire caused structural damage to the stadium. The state agency overseeing the stadium's construction "denied on Sunday that the fire had caused structural damage." However, an official from the state prosecutors' office said on Sunday that independent inspections "are needed to verify whether the assertion is correct." Prosecutor Clovis de Almeida said, "They have no credibility" (REUTERS, 2/17). A release from the Extraordinary Secretariat for the 2014 FIFA World Cup of the state of Mato Grosso (SECOPA-MT) states that the Pantanal Arena was not structurally damaged due to a fire on Oct. 25, as reported by Reuters. The statement continues, the engineer mentioned in the Reuters article, who wrote the report for the Federal Prosecution Services, visited the arena in November 2013, before the repair work was done. After inspecting the area affected by the fire, all necessary repairs were made, followed by concentrated load and resistance tests on the structures, which were conducted by structural engineers. The assessments were carried out by engineers who are experts on structural calculation. The reports submitted to SECOPA-MT by Concremat Engenharia e Teconologia S.A., the company in charge of construction at the Pantanal Arena, certify there is no structural damage to the venue (SECOPA-MT).
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