AN entire apartment block on Spain’s Costa Blanca was evacuated after a fire took hold in a flat on the fifth floor yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.
Emergency services discovered the body of an elderly man when they entered the blazing building in Elche (Alicante) but they could not save his life.
Another old person was found and protected by firefighters inside the building.
All the other neighbours were safely evacuated by Local Police from the property on the corner of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez with Marqués de Asprillas streets.
Roads were closed while firefighters, with two fire engines and a hydraulic platform, worked to extinguish the flames.
National Police officers are investigating the cause of the fire.
En estos momentos @BomberosDipuALC está interviniendo en un #incendio en vivienda en el cruce de Vicente Blasco Ibáñez con Marqués de Asprillas
⚠️ En la medida de lo posible se recomienda #evitar este punto y optar por otras vías de circulación#tráficoElche pic.twitter.com/E3hnnl8cwh
— Policía Local Elche (@policiaelche) March 5, 2019