The person suspected of arson, a 29-year-old Motrileño, was brought before the judge for questioning before being released pending trial.
When the police come across the man at the scene of the fire, he attempted to run off but was caught. He was then searched and found to have three cigarette lighters on him.
As for the fire, which wiped out around 1,000 palm trees worth a total value of 100,000 euros, the intensity of the flames and the proximity of the shopping centres caused a huge impression on residents.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)