By Tara Rippin • 26 April 2021 • 19:02
CREDIT: Facebook/Mofaje Pedro Augustin
Lightning strike possible cause of fire on top of Benidorm skyscraper.
LIGHTNING lit up the skies above Benidorm last night in both spectacular but potentially dangerous scenes.
And a strike is believed to be a possible cause of a fire which broke out on the roof of the 26-storey Balcón de Poniente Building – Torre II in Avenida Uruguay.
Provincial Firefighters, based in Benidorm Park, were mobilised at around 12.15am this morning, Monday, April 25.
Three teams and fire engines were supported by Benidorm’s Local Police to get the firefighters to the scene as quickly as possible.
On arrival, Emergency Services soon discovered the fire on the roof of the building had spread to individual gas meters, and firefighters in close collaboration with Local Police personnel ‘quickly controlled the flames’.
It hasn’t been officially confirmed, but it is suspected the cause of the fire was a lightning strike which may have hit a metal structure on the top of the 86-metre high building.
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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.
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