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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Costa Del Sol Fires: Expats flee Spanish death blaze

A wildfire in southern Spain has forced hundreds of British expats to leave their homes and find shelter in evacuation centres.

Strong winds have fanned the flames in the Costa Del Sol region, and Spanish authorities suspect the blaze was started deliberately.

There were unconfirmed reports that a 78-year-old Briton had been killed.

The Foreign Office said "several hundred" Britons had been evacuated from the popular tourist area, including around 300 who had relocated to shelters. Some 4,000 people in total have left their homes as a result of the fire, which officials said was started early on Friday in the town of Coin.

Andalucia's regional government said the charred body of a British man was found "in a tool shed" near the nearby town of Ojen.

Holidaymakers said the smoke had caused them to cough, and stopped them from sleeping.

Tourist Sara Hesketh told the BBC: "We've all got coughs with all the smoke and stuff and we're all exhausted because none of us have had any sleep. We're just waiting now to go home, really." Read More