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Firefighters battle hundreds of blazes set deliberately in northern Spain

Regional authorities in northern Spain they were battling around 50 fires, some of which were deliberately set.

Firefighters battle hundreds of blazes set deliberately in northern Spain
Photo: Bomberos de Santander

By end of Sunday, 48 fires were still active, a statement from the government of the Cantabria region said. And by morning, after battling the blazes overnight, 32 were still burning. 

 

“During the day we counted 50 fires, and 760 people from different administrations working to put them out,” the statement added.   

Since the first fires broke out on Thursday in the mountainous region, no people have been injured and “most of the fires took place in inaccessible areas and have not put the population or infrastructure in danger,” the 
government added.   

Two people have been arrested, the head of the Cantabria region, Miguel Angel Revilla, said on Spanish television, adding that there have been “no injuries, only five people have been evacuated” from the area.

This February has been unusually dry with the last drops of rain to fall in the region, over a week ago.

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Barcelona fire kills four, including two children

A fire ripped through an abandoned bank occupied by squatters in central Barcelona on Tuesday, killing four people, including a baby and a three year-old boy, Spanish firefighters said.

Police and firefighters gather outside an abandoned building where a blaze broke out early on November 30, 2021 in Barcelona, killing four people.
Police and firefighters gather outside an abandoned building where a blaze broke out early on November 30, 2021 in Barcelona, killing four people. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

“While we were battling the fire, we found four people. Emergency services tried to revive them but unfortunately they failed, they could not do anything to save them,” the head of the firefighting operation, Ángel López, told reporters.

Firefighters rescued four other people who were inside the building while putting out the blaze, he added.

Those four were treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters rushed to the scene at around 6 am after being warned that a blaze had broken out in the building, Mr Lopez said.

While Mr López said it was not clear how the four dead people were related, Barcelona-based daily newspaper La Vanguardia said they were all members of a Romanian family.

A spokesman for Catalonia’s regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, said an investigation had been opened into the causes of the fire.

In December 2020, four people were killed after a blaze ripped through an industrial complex occupied by squatters, many of them African migrants, near Barcelona.

Over 100 squatters were believed to be living in precarious conditions at the abandoned complex in Badalona, a suburban town north of the city.

In addition to the four deaths, more than 20 people were injured in the blaze.

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