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Costa del Sol fire: beach bar devastated by blaze as holidaymakers forced to flee to safety

THIS is the dramatic moment fire and thick smoke engulf a popular Costa del Sol beach spot after flames jumped across a dual-carriageway from countryside opposite.

The blaze affected a beach club which is a favourite with Brit holidaymakers called Purobeach at upmarket commercial centre Laguna Village near Estepona, Spain.

Plumes of black smoke rising high into the air from the scene could be seen as far away as Marbella nearly 20 miles east along the coast.

One Spanish tourist could be heard shouting: “My God, how awful” as she started crying at the sight of the blue sky over the sand turning black as the flames neared the commercial centre and others ran for safety.

A British local who filmed the blaze taking hold said: “That’s the end of Purobeach everybody.”

Retired footballer and TalkSport commentator Alan Brazil was caught up in the drama as the fire swept through the resort.

The former Manchester United and Ipswich player told the Sun on Sunday: “We were sitting at our table when we saw ash and embers blowing in our direction.

“At first I thought it was a nearby BBQ that had badly gone wrong. But then we saw people running and the staff telling us to get out.

“People were sprinting to get to safety – it was terrifying.”

The ex-Scotland international, 61, was among hundreds evacuated to a nearby beach.

At one point the fire crossed the motorway bringing it close to a petrol station. 

“To see the way the fire spread through the village was incredibly frightening,” Brazil said. 

“Because of the fact many of the buildings in the village have thatched roofs it spread so quickly.

“The last time I saw a fire as bad as that was as a young kid in Glasgow. 

“I’ve been coming here for years so to see it go up in flames like that is heartbreaking.”

According to local reports nobody was killed but several people were treated for injuries. 

Brazil added: “It’s a miracle everyone of got out alive.”

At one point fire could be seen taking hold of a tiki bar with a thatched roof as holidaymakers and staff fled in panic near the swimming pool.

Employees shouted out: “Fuera, fuera” – Spanish for “Get out, get out” as others rushed to get a hose and douse the flames.

There were no immediate reports of any human casualties.

Three helicopters and around 30 firefighters on the ground were involved in the operation to tackle the blaze.

Regional governors activated emergency level number one just before 4pm today as the fire took hold.

The dual-carriageway running between the sea on one side and the mountains on the other was closed in both directions.

Subsequent photos circulating on social media appeared to show the whole of Laguna Village, home to Purobeach Marbella and beach clubs Camuri and Claro as well as real estate offices and a VIP car washing service, had been gutted.

Local reports said the flames had reached the five-star Kempinski Hotel next to Laguna Village.

The blaze occurred just over a week after a trendy Costa del Sol hotel popular with British revellers including celebs and sports stars went up in flames.

A French holidaymaker died and ten people suffered smoke inhalation in the fire early on August 21at the Sisu Boutique Hotel near the upmarket resort of Puerto Banus.

Around 100 guests were staying at the Brit-popular hotel, a favourite of Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan and husband Mark Wright.

An investigation into that fire is still ongoing.

 

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