Mollina fire started in an empty property, says firefighters' report

Mollina fire started in an empty property, says firefighters' report
  • The Guardia Civil has open an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fire that destroyed 40 mobile homes on the Lazy Days Pueblo Fiesta park on Sunday evening

The fire that destroyed a total of 40 mobile homes in the Lazy Days Pueblo Fiesta campsite in Mollina on Sunday broke out in an empty property.

This is the initial conclusion of the Malaga provincial firefighting consortium (CPB) whose report will be used in the investigation being carried out by the Guardia Civil in Antequera.

According to official sources, on Monday morning there was no clear hypothesis regarding how the blaze began and given the state of the burned mobile homes, it may well not be possible to establish the exact cause.

The sources said that more than 30 firefighters worked non stop on the site from 4pm to 2am. Their work was "especially complex", said the consortium's president, Manuel Marmolejo, adding that other fires in Humilladero and Ronda also broke out on Sunday evening.

The fire reached excessively high temperatures due to the materials used in the construction of the static caravans.

The firefighting operation had its moments of risk, said Marmolejo, due to the numerous explosions of gas cylinders as the home burned.

Forty homes were totally destroyed, three were partially affected and 18 were untouched.

Around 70 people, most of the British, had to be evacuated from the site; 20 of them were accommodated at the nearby Ceulaj Euro-Latin American Youth Centre.