Blaze at La Nucia bring in army support

Blaze at La Nucia bring in army support

25 January 2009

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Spain — Nearly 14000 people had to run for their lives in a bizarre fire incident that occurred due to the collapse of an electric pylon. It engulfed La Nucia at 0930 hours on Saturday.
Costera and Vall d’ALbaida in Valencia too saw an infusion of army personnel out to brave the forest fires.

The mammoth blaze shook 14,000 people belonging to different communities who had to be cleared off their premises in La Nucía, Benidorm, Finestrat, Polop de la Marina and Alfaz del Pi, just as the flames emerged at 0920 in the El Copet area, confirmed Bernabé Cano, the Mayor of La Nucía, Bernabé Cano to Europa Press. It was an electric pylon which is believed to be the real cause of the fire abetted by strong wind.

The municipal refuges, such as Sports Centre and Casa de la Cultura sheltered them in La Nucía. These centers are providing 24*7 services.

The main buildings to be emptied were the Terra Natura and Terra Mítica theme parks and Villaitana hotels in Benidorm. Butane gas deposits and petrol stations are under heavy use by the firemen at work.

The rescue personnel are all around in good number, with 500 firefighters getting assistance from 60 Guardia Civil and 40 National Police. Alongside are the 171 military men from the Military Emergency Units in Zaragoza and Cuenca and fire fighting experts from Valencia and Madrid.

Whenever weather permits, the Canadair planes, three in number, and a Kamov helicopter will get in motion. Snarling winds at 120 km/hr negated any air help on Saturday. Five houses have been casualties but thankfully, the people are all unscathed according to reports.

There was 10 degree escalation in temperature brought forth by 100 km/hr winds in Alicante substituting the frigidity of past week with the tropical temperatures from the Canaries.

There has been a forest fire also at Genovés in Valencia, eliciting rapid action by UME emergency units in Costera and la Vall d’Albaida.

Even though 20 pylons have been thrust down into ground by the wind wheel of 200 km/hr, Power Company REE has confidently stated no inconvenience in national power distribution. The northern parts may however be under the effect at least till the winds die down.

There are regular reports on the dual fire by the Ministers for Defence, Environment and Industry to the Prime Minister.

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