Costa del HELL: Inferno tears through the exclusive Spanish beach club popular with the British after flames leaped across the highway from blazing rural wildfire
- A fire has engulfed the holiday destination Laguna Village near Estepona
- Clouds of smoke rise into the sky as far as Marbella, 32 km away
- Three helicopters and 30 firefighters were involved in fighting the fire
This is the dramatic moment when fire and thick smoke engulf a popular beach on the Costa del Sol after flames leaped across a two-lane road from the opposite landscape.
The fire, which started at 1:45 p.m. today, affected a beach club popular with British vacationers called Purobeach in the upscale commercial center of Laguna Village near Estepona.
Clouds of black smoke rising high in the air from the scene could be seen nearly 20 miles east along the coast as far as Marbella.
A woman runs away from the flames that have engulfed Purobeach Beach Club, which is very popular with British tourists
Laguna Beach, near Estepona, Spain, was devastated by a fire that started at 1:45 p.m. today
An aerial photograph captures the extent of the flame as smoke rises high in the air
Flames burn through sun loungers on the beach near the Purobeach clubhouse that was destroyed by the flame
A spokesman for an emergency services coordinator led by the regional government confirmed: "Stage 1 of the emergency forest fire plan has been activated because of a fire in Estepona."
A Spanish tourist was heard screaming, "My God, how awful" as she began to cry with emotion at the sight of the blue sky over the sand, which turned black as the flames neared the commercial center and others ran for safety.
A British local who filmed the fire said, "This is the end of Purobeach for everyone."
At one point, a fire was seen engulfing a thatched-roof tiki bar as vacationers and staff fled in panic near the swimming pool.
Smoke is blown away from the cadaver of the Purobeach clubhouse, leaving wooden beams exposed after the flames ripped through the building
A dramatic photo shows flames burning on top of the Purobeach clubhouse
Clouds of black smoke rising high in the air from the scene could be seen nearly 20 miles east along the coast as far as Marbella
The flame was so great that clouds of smoke could rise into the air from a distance
The staff shouted: & # 39; Fuera, fuera & # 39; – Spanish for 'out, out' while others rushed to get a hose and put out the flames.
There were no immediate reports of human victims.
Three helicopters and around 30 firefighters on the ground were involved in the fire fighting operation.
Regional governors activated Emergency Level 1 shortly before 4 p.m. today when the fire broke out.
The two-lane road between the sea on one side and the mountains on the other was closed in both directions.
Subsequent photos, shared on social media, showed that the entire Laguna Village, home of Purobeach Marbella and Camuri and Claro beach clubs, as well as real estate offices and a VIP car wash, had been gutted.
Three helicopters and around 30 firefighters on the ground were involved in the fire fighting operation
Regional governors activated Emergency Level 1 shortly before 4 p.m. today when the fire broke out
Local reports said the flames had reached the five-star Hotel Kempinski next to the village of Laguna.
No one could be reached immediately by phone this afternoon at the luxurious Kempinski Hotel.
The fire came a little over a week after a trendy Costa del Sol hotel that was popular with British night owls such as celebrities and sports stars went up in flames.
A French vacationer died and ten people suffered smoke inhalation in the fire early August 21 at the Sisu Boutique Hotel near the upscale resort of Puerto Banus.
Around 100 guests stayed at the popular UK hotel, a favorite of Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan and her husband Mark Wright.
An investigation into this fire is still ongoing.