Edifício Grande Avenida

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Edifício Grande Avenida or the Great Avenue Building is sitting at nº 1754 in Avenida Paulista in São Paulo city, Brazil, some 50m from Peixoto Gomide St.

Characterized by one of the most remarkable architectural styles in town, this building staged two fires during its history, the first of which, of a lesser proportions took a place in 1969. Given the building´s strategic location in one of the most important commuting points in the city, and the large proportions of the second fire, the fact became hitting news all over the world.

The disaster had its beginning in the mezzanine of the building, in the afternoon of February 14, 1981, leaving behind 17 deadly victims and shattered all the levels in the building. Death toll was not taller only because the episode happened on a Carnival Saturday and only a few people were working inside de building.

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