Motril Palm Plantation blaze

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
By Martin Myall

MOT Palm Tree Plantation BlazeA spectacular fire last night in a palm-tree plantation had Motrileños taking to the social media with speculation on how it started and how it was progressing.

The mystery was soon solved after the Police Nacional caught a suspect red-handed leaving the said plantation, which is next to Ronda Sur.

The whole fire service was called out to tackle the blaze, leaving somebody on the phones if another incident cropped up in the meantime.

It was a little after 21.00h when the emergency call came in to say that trees were ablaze next to the shopping centre (McDonald’s etc). All three police forces attended the scene, as well as the fire service and Protección Civil.

In fact, owing to the rapid response (the fire location is very close to the fire station and the Policía Nacional HQ) as they were arriving they came across the suspect and were able to nobble him.

In the meantime, fire personnel struggled to stop the blaze reaching housing and more farmland. It was also necessary to close traffic on the Rambla de las Brujas in both directions.

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It should be remembered that when the fire broke out, the shopping centre was still open so it drew large crowds in the parking area from where the fire could be clearly seen.

As for social media, besides the Motrileños themselves, people from neighbouring towns were abuzz with the news, too. Even political parties, such as the governing PSOE in Motril, took the opportunity to praise the rapid response by the emergency services on their Twitter account

It was a little after 23.00h that the fire was brought under controlled and extinguished. Now the investigation works begins, although with the alleged culprit being caught red-handed, according to the police, the investigation should be quite short.

Un incendio de palmeras junto al centro comercial de Motril alerta a los vecinos
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