Men carrying truck with objects from the rubble.  (Photos: Paulo Francis)
Men carrying truck with objects from the rubble. (Photos: Paulo Francis)

Debris removed from inside the tapestry that burned yesterday afternoon (23) became a recyclable waste picker’s enterprise. Gilmar Machado, 65, arrived at the scene of the fire this morning (24), but waited for the police to leave before starting his work.

As Gilmar was one of the first to start digging through the rubble, he managed to separate rugs, leathers, foams, chains and glues that were in better condition. “I put it in a row and as soon as people who didn’t want to go through the trash arrived, I started selling it,” he said.

With sales until the beginning of the afternoon, the collector managed to make a profit of R$ 250, “I don’t intend to stop for now, I just took a break for a water and I went back to restocking my stock”, explained the collector.

The scavenger receiving payment for the products of the debris.  (Photo: Ana Beatriz Rodrigues)
The scavenger receiving payment for the products of the debris. (Photo: Ana Beatriz Rodrigues)

In addition to Gilmar, other people appeared at the site looking for the remains of products that could be used. A 50-year-old woman, who chose not to be identified, said that she learned that the products were being donated by the owner and decided to go to the place. “I brought my sister to help me sort the fabrics and leathers. I work with handicrafts and products like that are expensive”, explained the woman.

The report caught people arriving with vehicles carrying what was left of the fire in pickup trucks. Earlier, two men arrived in a car and loaded irons. Hikers rummaged through the rubble for copper wire.

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