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Dramatic video coverage shows the intensity of the fire as horrified onlookers are heard saying: “My God, people are throwing themselves down the balconies of the hotel. ” All guests staying at the low-rise hotel Sisu Marbella have been evacuated after the alert was raised early this morning. Residents were also ordered to leave an adjacent building on Río Volga street in the Nueva Andalucía area. About 100 people were evacuated.
The person who died is said to be a man whose body was found in his room.
Those injured either suffered from smoke inhalation or were hit by exploding objects due to the heat.
There are also reports of fire crew being hurt.
The hotel is very popular with British tourists but it is not known if any were staying at the time.
The fire broke out at about 6.15am today.
At the moment, the cause is not known but a full investigation is already underway.
The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, thanked “the great work and quick action” of the Marbella fire brigades and local police to control and quell the fire.
“Their professionalism has prevented the spread to neighbouring developments,” she tweeted an hour ago.
Marbella’s security councillor, José Eduardo Diíaz said it was “a miracle” that people had escaped.
“The exterior latticework of the hotel, made of wood, has allowed customers to go down the façade by their own means,” he said.
At one stage, thick black smoke and flames could be seen pumping from the hotel, which is in the upmarket Puerto Banús district, as onlookers watched from the street and nearby balconies.
Those injured have been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
A spokesman for the Andalusian government said the emergency service remain on the scene.
A statement confirmed: “Around 6.15am, the emergency line received the first call that warned of a fire in a hotel located on Río Volga street, in the Nueva Andalucía area. The Marbella Firefighters, the National Police Corps, the Local Police and the Public Health Emergencies Company (EPES) have travelled to the scene of the events, since the emergency operations indicated that there were several people who had been affected by the fire.”
“Police sources have confirmed to 112 that the hotel has been evicted as well as the building next door. The emergency operations, which Civil Protection has joined, continue to work in coordination in the area.”
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