TWO HOUSES were evacuated late on Wednesday afternoon when a major fire broke out in scrubland close to the Santa Ana industrial estate in Guardamar.
The alarm was raised shortly after the fire started just after 3.0pm in an area full of rubbish, appliances and tyres.
In total, 21 firefighters came from Torrevieja, Almoradí and Orihuela and fought the blaze which was eventually brought under control just over two and a half hours later. Strong winds in the area hindered the work of the emergency services and the dense column of smoke could be seen for miles away. By 8.0pm, five hours after it started, firefighters formally declared the fire to be completely under control.
A hindrance to putting out the fire quicker was the accumulated tons of rubbish that had was on the plot where it broke out and burned for longer than planned, especially the rubber tyres.
As the location of the incident was right next to the very busy N-332 in Guardamar, authorities took the decision not to completely close the road in both directions but to give the firefighters enough space shout down the southbound carriageway and enabled alternate traffic on the other side of the road.
At the moment the cause of the fire is unknown.