BLAZE TERROR: One dead and at least 80 evacuated after flames sweep through building in Spain

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HELP: Ibanat forestry firefighters and helicopter joined in the rescue. Credit: SAMU061 IllesBalears


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ONE person has died and three men seriously hurt and around 80 evacuated after fire swept through a squatted building in Spain.

Firefighters made the grim discovery of a corpse that was so badly burned they were unable to tell the victim’s sex.

The alarm was raised at about 1:00pm on Monday when one of the squatters heard a woman’s screams and called emergency services.

An Ibanat (forestry firefighters) helicopter had to be scrambled to rescue two people who became trapped in an attic in the apartment block on Calle Jacinto Aquenza, Ibiza.

Plumes of smoke could be seen from kilometres away as the fierce fire blazed. The flames were finally brought under control around 4.30pm.

Initially two fire appliances plus ground-based Ibanat personnel were called in, as well as five ambulances, the crews of which treated 10 people who were all hospitalised.

Three men are in a critical condition as a result of the fire. All are of Moroccan nationality, reported the Health Area of Ibiza and Formentera.

One of them fell six metres as he tried to escape the flames. He is in intensive care suffering from burns, smoke inhalation and injuries from the fall.

One of the men has very serious burns and has been transferred to the Burns Unit of the Hospital la Fe in Valencia. The third is also suffering from bad burns.

Firefighters have also found the bodies of two dogs in the charred remains of the building.

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