According to MSNBC
, the fire broke out in the building that housed the base's power generators. 44 people were present at the station when the incident occurred, and the survivors were transported by helicopter to Chile's Eduardo Frei station
reports that President Dilma Rousseff intends to rebuild the station. Chile's Defense Minister Andres Allamand separately informed the press that the incident had "completely destroyed" the Brazilian base.
Efforts to extinguish the fire were compromised due to the harsh weather conditions, and firefighters had to be evacuated from the site before completely stamping out the blaze. When the weather improves, a team will be dispatched to evaluate the damage.