February 13, 2005 – A 32-story Madrid skyscraper is gutted by a fire, but does not collapse and was housed mostly by Deloitte & Touche, the largest U.S. accounting firm, which also had offices destroyed in the WTC 2 building on 9/11.
“A fire described as the worst in Madrid’s history ravaged a 32-story skyscraper in the Spanish capital’s financial district on Sunday, causing no injuries, but the tower stayed upright despite fears of collapse.
The building, which houses the offices of U.S. accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, was completed in 1979.” – ABC/Reuters (02/13/05)
“Most of it housed offices of international auditing giant Deloitte, which also lost its offices in the World Trade Centre in the 9/11 attacks.” – Scotsman (02/14/05)
“A blaze in Madrid destroyed a 32- story downtown office building mostly occupied by Deloitte & Touche LLP, the largest U.S. accounting firm. Fire services haven’t ruled out the possibility that the block could collapse.
New York-based Deloitte & Touche occupied 20 floors of the building, where about 1,000 employees worked, Deloitte’s Madrid spokesman Gregorio Panadero said. Deloitte audits 19 of Spain’s 35 largest-traded companies by market value, including Telefonica SA, Santander Central Hispano SA and Repsol YPF SA, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Financial information is “safe” because it’s held on computer back-ups and the majority of Deloitte’s Madrid employees can continue working tomorrow from other locations, Panadero said in an interview.” – Bloomberg (02/13/05)