A man from La Caleta de Vélez allegedly set fire to a Chinese bazaar in Torrox because they wouldn’t let him in without a mask.
It was the Policía Local de Torrox who arrested the 40-year-old man in the early hours of yesterday.
Reportedly, the man had been refused entrance to the Chinese Bazaar on Calle Baja in the evening because he was not wearing a mask. His reaction at the time was to insult and threaten that he would torch the place.
Not content, it appears, he went back and carried out his threat. The police arrested him about 04.30h in the next street to the shop where he had been loitering.
The police are also investigating whether the suspect was behind the damage caused to parked cars in the public parking area El Pontil; several cars had either been keyed (scratched) or windows and mirrors broken.
The fire at the Chinese establishment was such that the 2-storey block of flats above the shop had to be evacuated as a precaution because of the dense smoke. Amongst those evacuated was a 90-year-old woman who lived just above the bazaar and had inhaled quite a lot of smoke and needed treatment at the nearby hospital.
(News: Torrox, Axaquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia – Photo: E. Cabezas)