FIREFIGHTERS in Torrevieja were called to an incident in the south of the city, only yards away from the fire station.
A car parked in the front garden of a semi-abandoned house caught fire on Urbanisation Torreta Florida and the alarm was raised when neighbours saw dense black smoke coming from the Calle Pio Baroja area.
With the fire station located nearby, firefighters were quickly on the scene and found one of the four cars parked on the front terrace well alight. They were shortly joined by the local police of Torrevieja who immediately closed the section of the road off to traffic.
Nobody was in the house at the time of the blaze and it’s understood that the fire was deliberate as minutes earlier a fire in a rubbish container was reported in an adjoining street.
The incident occurred in an area of Torrevieja that was especially busy with tourists, many of whom were denied access to their properties in the affected area for some time while the fire was extinguished.
The large column of smoke could be seen for miles around, especially from the Ozone and Carrefour commercial centre.