Massive fire in Spain’s Javea forces thousands to flee

Published on : Monday, September 5, 2016

Javea fire

Thousands of tourists and residents have been evacuated as a large fire hit the town of Javea in the south of Spain’s Valencia. The authorities have expressed their fear that an arsonist may be behind the “suspicious fire” that has been sparked in the holiday spot near Benidorm.



The fire has destroyed dozens of houses in the popular holiday destination of Javea, which is 25 miles away from Benidorm.



The first fire has been ignited around 4:10 pm local time at Cumbres del Sol, others has been ignited two hours after the first blaze.



According to sources, there have been three huge fires around the city, which has been ignited on 8th September in the evening. The fires have torched Cumbres del Sol, Granadella and Playa del Arenal.



Police has evacuated hundreds of people and has closed the roads of the towns and villages near the gigantic flames.



The evacuees have rushed to local schools, hostels and restaurants. People have also evacuated their homes in nearby Tossalet, Cansalade and Benitatxell as a precaution.



The fire is quickly spreading towards Javea, affecting 15 residential estates.



Josep Maria Àngel, the director general of security and emergency services in Valencia has informed that they picked the hottest day of the year. At present the wind has dropped, but the temperatures are expected to stay high on Monday, 5th September.



It is not clear whether any tourist or resident got injured because of the fire or not.

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