The victims, a man of 21 and two adolescent girls, aged 12 and 14, had no chance of escape as, allegedly, a group of teenagers had set light to a sofa at the entrance to the cave, with the flames later spreading inside.
The emergency 112 service received a call at 20.00h on that fateful Monday to say that there were three people trapped in a cave by a fire at the entrance. Police and firemen were immediately despatched.
By the time that the firemen could get passed the burning sofa and reach the victims it was to find them almost carbonised.
As a result of police investigations a 17-year-old boy was arrested, suspected as being the culprit for starting the fire. Since then, three other teenagers, aged between 14 and 16, were also arrested.
Although the judge has placed a gagging order on the investigation, it appears that the 21-year-old man was the boyfriend of the 12-year-old girl and that the 17-year-old lad might have blocked the entrance with the sofa and started the fire out of jealousy and to give them a scare.
(News: Molineta, Almeria, Andalucia)