By Tara Rippin • 15 October 2018 • 20:30
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EIGHTEEN people suffered injuries as a result of smoke inhalation during a fire at a residential building in the centre of Barcelona this morning (Monday).
Cataluña police have arrested a man in connection with the blaze, and an investigation has been launched.
Firefighters received a call just before 5.30am, and 11 vehicles from the Barcelona Fire Department, and nine ambulances from the Sistema d’Emergencies Mediques (SEM) attended the fire in Calle Arago.
As a precaution, the whole building was evacuated, and sources claim the structure of the building appears not to have been affected.
Traffic was cut off for an hour and a half, with lanes reopening at 8am, though crews were still working to extinguish the flames.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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