The theatre in Fuengirola had celebrated its 37th anniversary the day before the fire broke out. / SUR

Investigation launched into cause of fire at Salón Varietés theatre in Fuengirola

The fire broke out on Monday but emergency services were quickly on the scene and the blaze was brought safely under control

TONY BRYANT | JUAN CANO

An investigation has been launched by the National Police to discover the cause of a fire at the Salón Varietés theatre in Fuengirola on Monday (20 June).

The fire broke out in the back of the theatre at street level, but emergency services were quickly on the scene and the blaze was brought safely under control, said sources at the theatre. Some damage was caused to the house and stage area. Although there were members of staff on the premises when the fire began, no one was injured.

Sources close to the investigation told SUR that the fire broke out near a window at the back of the building. The bar manager quickly tackled the fire with an extinguisher before the fire brigade arrived and put out the blaze. It is not yet known whether the cause of the fire was deliberate or accidental, said the sources.

The theatre, which marked its 37th anniversary on Sunday with a party, is currently closed for its summer break and the theatre board is hoping to be ready to reopen as usual in the autumn.

A spokesperson for the theatre said, “Sadly, there was a fire at the theatre, although it was contained quickly and no one was injured. Access has been limited to the police and fire services, who are carrying out a thorough investigation. We are waiting to find out more information."