Forest fires are tearing through Marbella, evacuating 40 villas on the Costa del Sol
- Forest fires caused the evacuation of 40 villas in the Costa del Sol on Thursday evening
- Seventy firefighters extinguished flames around the city and the main roads
- A resident was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after it started at 8.20 p.m.
- Firefighters stayed this morning after hell was brought under control
Forest fires raged through Marbella last night and forced residents to flee 40 villas while firefighters tackle the fire.
Emergency services rushed around 8.20 pm to the Costa Del Sol resort on Thursday, where flames are bursting in the Bello Horizonte area.
Seventy firefighters spent the night washing the hell that tore over bushes close to the AP-7 highway and other major traffic arteries.
Forest fires rage in the countryside on Thursday evenings in the Altos de Marbella area, near the AP-7 motorway in the city of Marbella, Costa del Sol
Residents watch from the hilltop as smoke and flames leap across the horizon in the Bello Horizonte area
Flames and thick black smoke splash in the evening air on Thursday. Seventy firefighters were deployed to tackle the fire
Police said one person had been taken to the hospital for inhaling smoke after 40 of the 100 houses in the Bello Horizonte area had been evacuated
By this morning the fire was brought under control after being largely obstructed by the lack of foliage in the area and a motocross track that served as a barrier, Olive Press reported.
Five fire pumps were used to extinguish the fire and a total of 125 troops from the National Police Corps and the Civil Guard were mobilized.
Mayor Angeles Munoz tweeted: & I appreciate the immense work that municipal security forces are doing to extinguish the fire. & # 39;
Motorists took photos of the fire causing destruction near the AP-7 motorway in Marbella
A strip of yellow flames bursts along the AP-7 motorway in Marbella last night
The fire only came a few days after a massive evacuation of 500 houses in neighboring Estepona, where a fire destroyed 200 hectares of land on Monday.
A French citizen has been arrested for allegedly starting the Estepona fire on Monday morning.
That fire was only brought under control on Wednesday, 20 Minuto & # 39; s reported.
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