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Flames from last Saturday's fire devoured the buildings.
Flames from last Saturday's fire devoured the buildings. / Josele

Estepona mayor aims to fast track Laguna Village rebuild in time for Easter

  • The couple arrested over their possible role in the fire which destroyed the popular beachside complex last Saturday were provisionally released by a judge on Thursday

Estepona mayor José María García Urbano and the owners of the destroyed Laguna Village have both said they will work together to ensure the upscale shopping and leisure complex is open again as soon as possible, ideally by Easter.

"The council's priority is to bring back this iconic shopping and tourist area for the town and that the two hundred workers get their jobs back as soon as possible," said Urbano who explained that he would speed up the paperwork to allow this to be fast tracked.

Urbano explained that the land Laguna Village is on belongs to the council but is leased out until 2060. The owners of the Laguna Village business have said they are as keen as the mayor to rebuild as soon as possible.

Arrested couple released on bail

A couple arrested over their possible role in the fire which destroyed the popular beachside complex outside Estepona last Saturday were provisionally released by a judge on Thursday.

Those held were a man and a woman, 43 and 51, respectively, of Spanish nationality. They are being investigated over possible arson as a result of serious negligence and electricity supply fraud. Their passports have been withheld and they need to sign in at the local court once a fortnight.

Urbano also said this week that the local council could start a private prosecution case against the couple alongside any future public legal action.

National Police investigators have concluded that an electrical failure in a household appliance in a makeshift shack on land near the Padrón river caused the fire, which was fanned by the wind across to the beach side of the A-7 coastal motorway.

The rough structure was 'hooked up illegally' to the mains around 100 metres away by the couple, with power cables running along the ground, investigators believe.