Video | Manilva fire forces the evacuation of more than 300 people



  • The majority of them were hotel guests and the remainder were residents of 15 neighbouring homes

A fast-spreading fire in Manilva, on the Costa del Sol, forced the evacuation of more than 300 people from the neighbouring areas on Monday afternoon (12 July).

The alarm was raised at about 6.25pm when the 112 Andalucía emergency services co-ordination centre received more than 40 calls warning of the blaze.

The Manilva town council said that the fire was in a location known as El Goleto, an area in which there are houses surrounded by vegetation.

Firefighters, the Guardia Civil, Local Police, Civil Protection volunteers and health workers were quickly on the scene, and it was decided to evacuate around 300 people from the area, as a precautionary measure.

Specialist wildfire fighting teams from Infoca were also alerted and three of their aircraft helped tackle the flames.

The Manilva town hall explained that the strong gusts of west wind complicated the firefighting task and caused the flames to spread rapidly. Therefore, as a preventative measure, specialists ordered the evacuation of around 300 people from the Hotel Apartamentos Manilva Sun and another 30 who were in 15 homes in a nearby residential development.

Infoca said the fire was extinguished three hours after the first calls were made, although several firefighting teams remained in the area overnight.

The quick intervention of the emergency services meant that no one was injured during the fire. However, some homes were affected by the flames, reported 112 Andalusia.

At around 9.30 pm, with the fire extinguished, the green light was given for the return of the evacuated people, both to the hotel and to their homes, except two people whose property was badly damaged by the fire. The town hall said it would relocate them until they can return to their home.