WATCH: Helicopter called in as Costa del Sol hotel engulfed in flames

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TOWERING INFERNO: The hotel was gutted by flames. Photo Credits: Twitter / @InmaculadaRosa4 and @PayneAnahis

A HUGE black cloud of smoke could be seen for miles around after a fire broke out and destroyed a hotel in Torremolinos on Spain’s Costa del Sol this afternoon (Wednesday).

At 1.50 pm several fire appliances, crews and a helicopter tackled the flames that devoured the Hotel Califa I, in Calle de la Cruz, which has sat empty for five years.

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According to a source, the ‘process of extinction was made especially complex by nearby blocks of houses’, and as such aerial assistance was required.

The Califa I, as well as other establishments in the area, belong to the Medina Azahara complex of the Summa Hoteles chain, which reportedly went bankrupt in 2014.

Witnesses claim the burned down building was being used by squatters in recent years.

The origin is still unknown, and an investigation is underway. Nobody was hurt.

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