Malaga’s Proteo Book Store Director Says €1m Worth Of Books Destroyed During The Fire

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Malaga's Proteo Book Store Director Says €1m Worth Of Books Destroyed During The Fire
Malaga's Proteo Book Store Director Says €1m Worth Of Books Destroyed During The Fire. image: proteo library

MALAGA’S Proteo Book Store Director Jesús Otaola, Says €1m Worth Of Books Were Destroyed During The Fire

According to Jesús Otaola, the director of the historic Proteo book store business in Malaga city, on the Costa del Sol, two weeks now after the massive fire that ripped through the premises, on May 13 – with around 90,000 books either burned to ashes, or getting ruined as they were soaked through with water during the extinction with fire hoses by the Malaga firefighters – the first estimates of the damage caused, point to costs in the region of €1 million.

Otaola, who started working in the famous Malaga book store – which first opened in 1969 – back in the 1980s, said, “Not even we ourselves were aware of the price of what we had lovingly stored for 52 years”, and referring to the still uncertain cause of the blaze, he commented, “everything indicates that it was related to a power surge, and it will have to be Endesa that responds”, according to Cadena Ser.

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He added, “At the moment, we have been able to enter the bookstore, but it is impossible to work in it. We are attending to the avalanche of orders over the internet that we are receiving – more than 3,000 in just a couple of weeks – thanks to the temporary transfer of a warehouse to us”.

Jesús Otaola has once again stressed how “deeply grateful” he is for the wave of solidarity received from all over Spain, and has vowed to do his best to get the famous book store name back into business in Malaga as soon as possible.

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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sang and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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