San Roque fire could have been arson

Image of Salma al-Shehab. Credit: [email protected]

NUMEROUS properties in Albarracín on the outskirts of San Roque, Cadiz, had to be evacuated due to a fire, believed to have been caused intentionally.

The flames and smoke were visible from all over the surrounding area, and could have originated from three different points, giving support to the theory that the fire was arson.

Evacuations began late yesterday evening, at around 11pm, and the emergency services were forced to fight the blaze with a high wind blowing across the region.

Residents in the neighbourhood, as well as 20 patients staying in a drug rehabilitation clinic, were asked to move out as a precautionary measure, due to the close proximity of the flames, and because the strong wind was blowing smoke in all directions.

This latest fire follows certain similarities present in other fires tackled throughout the summer. The fire originating from various locations, together with the fact that flare-ups have occured late into the evening, has made extinguishing the flames more difficult than usual.

This latest fire started up barely 48 hours after a blaze took off in Guadalmesí, Tarifa, where 12 properties had to be evacuated.

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