QUITO FIREMEN BLAST WATER
An Ecuadorean fireman blasts water against the falling roof of a toothpick factory in Quito, December 18. A gas explosion set the wood on fire injuring some 13 employees with third degree burns. Some 20 firemen controlled the fire at the factory, located some 25 kilometers outside Quito. Most privately-owned small factories rarely follow safety guidelines and accidents increase during the holiday season where fireworks-related items are in high demand. gg/Photo by Guillermo Granja.