Abandoned Hotel fire forces evacuation of nearby buildings

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A FIRE at the vacant Hotel Selomar, located on the Playa Levante in Benidorm, Alicante, which has been closed to the public since 2007 has caused the evacuation of 75 people who were in the adjoining buildings.

Six people were treated for smoke inhalation in a makeshift emergency hospital. Only one of the victims was transferred to the Regional Hospital for further testing due to his advanced age, but he is said to be in a stable condition. Rescuers also pulled three squatters from the burning building who were taken to the local police station to give evidence and clarify the facts.

The Councillor for Citizen Security, Lorenzo Martinez, arrived at the scene immediately after receiving the alarm, at around 9am on Sunday, October 4. A large plume of smoke could be seen coming from the building and covered much of the area after the fire had been extinguished.

The regional fire brigade, who were also supported by members of the Local Police, National Police, Red Cross, Civil Protection and contracted personnel that service the local beaches, since the building is on the first line of the Playa de Levante, attended the fire.

Pedestrians and traffic were diverted from the area for several hours. Once the fire was extinguished and the smoke had cleared, those that had been evacuated nearby were allowed to return to their homes and to the hotel where some of them were staying.

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