Motril Park Arson

Sunday, February 23, 2014
By Hugh MacArthur

MOT Park Fire OnLAll indications point towards the fire in Motril’s Parque de Las Americas being the work of an arsonist. Around 50 palm trees went up in flames around 21.30h on Friday the 21st of February.

The sight of a double rank of towering palms with their crowns on fire and burning fonds dropping off was spectacular, so much so that some observers described the scene as very close to that of a firework display.

However, there was nothing vaguely entertaining about the view of the aftermath the next day; it was deeply, deeply sad.

There is little doubt that it was the work of an arsonist because the fire began at the top of the trees, some 20 metres from the ground, and not at the base. Besides that fact, there have been three fires of this kind since the 6th of November, and in the case of this incident, had the wind been in a different direction, then the fire would have reached the pines and breached the park perimeter.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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