Yesterday saw a spectacular fire in the grounds of a camping site in La Herradura.
The fire broke out around 19.30h yesterday evening and before two fire services were able to put it out, 120 residents of a nearby block of flats (Jiménez Building) were evacuated as a precautionary measure. They were allowed to return around 21.30h.
Fortunately, this time of year Camping La Herradura is closed so it was not in use. However, it was due to reopen in Easteralthough quite obviously this won’t be happening now.
We say, “two fire services” because the Mayor of Almuñecar, Juan Jose Ruiz Joya, contacted the Mayor of Motril, Maria Luisa Garcia Chamorro, requesting the help of the Motril Fire Service to help put it out.
One of the prime concerns was the presence of dozens of butane bottles on the site. In fact, the fire service believe around 50 of them exploded during the fire, literally acting like giant flame throwers, some have described it as.
It is not known at the time of writing what caused the fire but the prime hypothesis is that it was a short circuit.
Of course, the Guardia Civil were needed to control traffic on the main road, which runs parallel to the camp site, as well as along Paseo Andres Segovia to keep it clear for fire vehicles and to keep curious bystanders out of harms way.
Although the fire was put out within hours, fire personnel remained all night at the scene to dampen the embers down and to prevent it breaking out again.
(News: Herradura, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalusia – Photo: PT/Video: Diario Sexitano/JM de Haro)