Ar­son­ist was squat­ter fac­ing evic­tion, say Dé­nia po­lice

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Saman­tha Kett [email protected]­

TWO HOUSE fires in as many days led to dozens of Dé­nia res­i­dents be­ing evac­u­ated – the third dis­as­ter of this type in less than a month.

And one of the in­fer­nos turned out to have been started de­lib­er­ately by a squat­ter who knew she was about to be evicted.

Around 70 res­i­dents in a block on the cen­tral C/ Mar­que­sado had to flee their homes when a fourth-storey apart­ment went up in flames at around 10.00 on Sun­day, and fire­fight­ers were forced to en­ter the build­ing to res­cue an el­derly and dis­abled woman on the top floor.

A mother and daugh­ter were in­side the flat that caught fire, and their lounge is re­ported to have been burnt to a crisp.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent the fol­low­ing day, fire­fight­ers were called out at around 17.00 to the Mi­rador ur­ban­i­sa­tion in the La Pe­dr­era dis­trict after one of the vil­las burst into flames.

The ur­ban­i­sa­tion had pre­vi­ously been re­pos­sessed en bloc by a bank after the de­vel­oper de­faulted on a loan, but most of the homes are oc­cu­pied.

It is not clear whether the oc­cu­pants are ten­ants, squat­ters, own­ers or a mix­ture of all three. The woman in the house which caught fire is be­lieved to be a squat­ter, and had been served an evic­tion or­der, po­lice say.

She is be­lieved to have set light to it once she found out she had to leave.

Na­tional Po­lice caught her when she at­tempted to re­turn to the prop­erty soon after she and an­other 20 or so res­i­dents were evac­u­ated.

In De­cem­ber, a block on the cen­tral C/ Mar­qués de Campo went up like a tin­der­box after the wall in­su­la­tion caught light, but mirac­u­lously, no­body was hurt.

Nearly 100 res­i­dents evac­u­ated in spate of house fires , one of which was de­lib­er­ately started

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