Flames engulf Global Gift founder's beach bar on El Cable

The building was made mainly of wood and straw.
The building was made mainly of wood and straw. / JOSELE-LANZA
  • The bar, which belongs to actress María Bravo, employed 60 people and was due to reopen for Easter week

A fire which broke out on El Cable beach in Marbella on Monday 11 February has resulted in the complete destruction of the Playa Padre 'chiringuito' beach bar belonging to actress and co-founder of the Global Gift Foundation María Bravo.

The fire, which broke out at around 7pm, was finally brought under control at around 10pm by firefighters who could do little to save the structure, made principally from wood and straw.

SUR can confirm that despite flames reaching several metres into the air and large plumes of black smoke, no one suffered any injuries as a result.

Playa Padre, which was opened in the summer of 2017 by American actress Eva Longoria, had, despite its proximity to the town centre, become a major attraction in the town for A-list events.

The bar normally opened from Easter week through to October and employed 60 people.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is under way with police not ruling out any possibility. Early indications seem to point to arson after multiple sources were found.