Costa del Sol fire: Hundreds evacuated from their homes and firefighter killed in blaze

The fire near the Spanish resort of Estepona is reportedly the most devastating that the province of Malaga has seen in 10 years, as it has already destroyed around 9,000 hectares of land

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A fire “got out of control”, possibly deliberately started, evacuated more than 1,000 people from their homes on the Costa del Sol and killed a firefighter.

Fire teams rushed to fight the fire near the Spanish resort of Estepona, which is popular with British tourists.

A 44-year-old firefighter, known only as Carlos MH, was sadly killed trying to fight the flames.

This fire is reportedly the most devastating the province of Malaga has seen in 10 years as it has already destroyed around 9,000 hectares of land.

The fire in the Sierra Bermeja mountain range started on Wednesday and got worse overnight as it grew.

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The alarm was triggered around 9:30 p.m. and the area was activated around six hours later due to the risk to human life and property from the fire in stage one of the emergency plan for forest fires.

Twenty-nine planes and helicopters were used along with 250 firefighters to put out the fire.

Thick black smoke rising from the area saw authorities block large parts of the AP-7 highway, one of the main coastal roads.

Officials confirmed that a 44-year-old firefighter was killed on Thursday afternoon while trying to tackle the “out of control” section.

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Regional Agriculture Minister Carmen Crespo confirmed that the firefighter was only identified when Carlos MH died on the scene.

She said: “This man died in a service for Andalusians.

“We owe him everything.”

Andalusia’s regional agriculture minister Carmen Crespo said a fire appeared to have broken out in two locations in the municipality of Genalguacil.

“It is very clear that the circumstances behind this are very striking,” she said.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted about the death of the firefighter and called his commitment “admirable”.

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“A hug from all of my government to the family and colleagues of the firefighter who died today fighting the Sierra Bermeja fire.”

Local reports suggest that a house was completely destroyed by the fire.

Police had to evacuate residents of a property in Benahavis, near Marbella, along with two other properties near the Estepona resort and some vacationers.

British are among the evacuees. Most people had to stay in hotels or even in their cars, although Spanish authorities were able to lead some Brits to the Carmen Pavilion, a sports pavilion in Estepona that could seat around 100 people.

Helicopters can fly low to collect water from the ocean and reservoirs to fight the fire, and tourists are asked to avoid them.

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