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A STRAY rocket during the fiestas caused a fire which devastated a Benidorm apartment.
The fire destroyed the balcony door and window, damaged wiring and burned furniture and other items burnt, while walls and ceilings are still soot-blackened.
Policia Nacional investigators concluded that the fire, which began on the balcony, was caused by a firework but the apartment owner Ester Gutierrez and her daughters are still trying to find out who was responsible for the disaster.
Their wiring has been partly repaired but the family cannot use domestic appliances. The town hall’s Social Services department is still examining the family’s application for help as the case is not regarded as urgent.
Meanwhile, Ms Gutierrez is trying to contact the Peñas or fiestas groups with temporary clubhouses in the same street who might have information regarding the fire.

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Shirin Aguiar


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