CALPE RAVINE BURNS

10 vil­las evac­u­ated as flames on Canuta ravine draw near

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Glenn Wick­man gwick­man@cb­news.es

A FIRE in a moun­tain ravine in Calpe forced the clo­sure of the N-332 road and led to the evac­u­a­tion of 10 vil­las on Mon­day.

Flames de­voured five hectares of pine trees, un­der­growth and al­mond and olive crops.

The blaze broke out at 16.00 in Canuta ravine, which leads down to Puerto Blanco.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the fire de­stroyed the hedge along the mu­nic­i­pal ceme­tery and reached a house, also burn­ing the privet.

Res­i­dents re­ported that thy at­tempted to ex­tin­guish the flames with hoses be­fore they were evac­u­ated by the Guardia Civil and the fire depart­ment.

The walls sur­round­ing other prop­er­ties in the Canuta area were black­ened by the smoke, which was so in­tense it forced the tem­po­rary clo­sure of the N- 332.

In ad­di­tion, the fire left Calpe town cen­tre with­out elec­tric­ity for sev­eral hours af­ter the flames reached a high-volt­age tower

The fire is said to have started at an aban­doned and ru­inous house lo­cated next to the road to Puerto Blanco.

Sev­eral wit­nesses claim the fire started at three dif­fer­ent points - al­though ex­perts sug­gest that the strong winds could have caused the flames to 'jump' and catch in sev­eral parts.

One res­i­dent de­clared that they had been 'lucky' that the wind car­ried the flames down the ravine and not to­wards the houses.

RAPID RE­SPONSE

A neigh­bour called the emer­gency ser­vices, with fire-fight­ers from Dé­nia and Benidorm, for­est brigades, Protec­ción Civil, Lo­cal Po­lice and Guardia Civil of­fi­cers rush­ing to the scene.

Four he­li­copters and two planes per­formed ae­rial extinction du­ties while dozens of cu­ri­ous. on­look­ers crowded round Bo­rum­bot beach to take pho­tographs of the fire.

The beach be­tween Bo­rum­bot and Puerto Blanco was closed to bathers while the he­li­copters loaded up on wa­ter.

Photo by An­gel Gar­cía

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