Five fires in 36 hours in Alicante Province

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THERE were five fires in the Alicante Province between Sunday and Monday.

In the three on Monday, a woman died, 100 people were evacuated and churro shop was engulfed in flames.

The first fire was in El Pla, a 57-year-old woman who lived alone died from smoke inhalation. The fire had started in the kitchen of the third story property.

Fire-fighters had to force open the door and found the woman’s body on the floor of a bedroom.

They managed to resuscitate her, although her pulse was weak and she was taken to Sant Joan Hospital in critical condition, but died a few hours later.

The second fire broke out at psychiatric clinic ‘Clinica Mediterranea de Neurociencias’ on Camino Viejo de Elche on the way to Alicante.

Around 40 patients including children head injuries and 60 staff was evacuated onto the street for about an hour. Only the employee who found the fire and raised the alarm had to be treated for minor smoke inhalation on site.

The fire is believed to have started in the computer room in the children’s section before 8.45am.

The third fire broke out at around 5.45pm at ‘La Madrileña’ churro shop in Calle Calderon de la Barca by the central market in Alicante. The pans used to fry the sweet dough are believed to be the origin of the fire.

Only the cook suffered burns from the oil on his face, arms and torso and was taken to the General Hospital.

Sunday

In the first of two fires on Sunday, 126 families were evacuated from their homes for a couple of hours in San Vicente del Raspeig.

The fire originated from the underground garage of the building on Calle Alcalde Mariano Bevia.

In the second, three elderly people were treated for smoke inhalation after a building on Calle Deportista Manuel Suarez in the Alipark area of Alicante City caught fire.

By Nicole Hallett

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