It appears that the Port Authorities' initial evaluation on the fire in Motril Port yesterday, as reported, was overly optimistic...
The fire wasn’t finally controlled until the early hours and by the arrival of dawn there was only a small active part of the fire.
A change in the wind direction yesterday evening had revived the flames .
Two ships, the Salvamento Mastelero and the port tug, Claudia joined the efforts of the Motril fire service tackling the flames.
It wasn’t until past midnight that the fire had been reduced to a small area of its original extension but the wind was bringing the dense smoke in towards the town and the Port Authorities issued a warning, recommending that residents of the two, port, residential areas Varadero and Santa Adela, kept their windows closed.
By then, most of the fire personnel had retired and one of the two ships (Mastelero) was left with the task of finishing it off.
Thick sea mist along the coast at 08.00h obscured any view from a distance of the port.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Photo: A still from an Ideal video)