A firefighter has been killed and more than 1,000 people were evacuated from their
homes as a wildfire raged out of control on Friday in the hills above the Spanish
resort town of Estepona.
The blaze in the Sierra Bermeja mountain range started late on Wednesday and high
winds were making it harder to bring under control as it spread along the
Costa del Sol.
At one critical point soon after the alarm was raised, the flames came within 150ft of
a petrol station on the AP-7 motorway near Estepona.
The cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed, although well-placed sources are
already pointing to possible arson.
Mrs. Crespo, confirming it appeared to have started in two different places in the
municipality of Genalguacil said: ‘What’s very clear is that the circumstances behind
it are very striking.’
A central government spokesman for Malaga, Javier Salas, added: ‘The fact the fire
started in two different places makes you think it could be deliberate.’