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Fire Destroyed Furniture Manufacturer "Tuanis" in Guiones

By Emiliana Garcia
Photos Adam Dietrich

Firefighters from Nicoya spray down a few remaining hotspots at a fire which occurred on the National Route 160 in Guiones Beach .
The Nosara firefighters almost had the fire under control by the time the firefighters from Nicoya arrived, however, they provided
some much needed relief.

On Sunday February 5th, around 7 AM, the furniture manufacturer "Tuanis", located on route 160 in Playa Nosara, went completely up in flames.

Nosara volunteer firefighters were the first to reach the fire, using water from the pool at The Village Foods. They had the fire 80% controlled by the time Nicoya firefighters arrived. Ryan Bombard, firefighter of Nosara, said that flames reached as high as 20 feet.

The furniture manufacturing building was completely destroyed but the house on the same property stayed intact.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. Bombard said a broken power line inside the property might have touched the ground and the fire could have spread quickly due to sawdust spread on the floor and the dry weather.

Monika Thiel, a neighbor of the manufacturer, said that she saw as fire started on one side of the property adjacent to the route, and quickly expanded to a pile of wood, then she heard an explosion.

The owner, Gerrit Duivenvoorden also known as "Tuanis", believed that the fire was started by someone. "Somebody started the fire as a joke, its impossible that it burned like that without gasoline", said Duivenvoorden, originally from Holland but who has lived in Nosara for more than 20 years.

Fortunately, Nosara firefighters were able to control the fire preventing it from spreading to the woods behind the property, which would have been a disaster for nearby buildings. "If we didn’t control it like we did, it could have been catastrophic for businesses and houses in the area”, said Bombard.
Although a friend of Duivenvoorden was sleeping in the house behind the manufacturer, he sustained no injuries of any kind.

The firefighters of Nosara are an organization of volunteers created a year and a half ago. If you want to help by donating money or volunteering your time, you can call 8919-1844.

Volunteer firefighters from Nosara spray down a few remaining hotspots, at a
fire which occurred on route 160 in Guiones Beach, they were first on the scene
and managed to get the fire 80% under control before the firefighters from Nicoya arrived. There were no injuries.
Photo by Ken Richardson


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