Thousands evacuated to escape Spanish wildfires

Thousands evacuated to escape Spanish wildfires

An estimated 4,000 holidaymakers and villagers had to be evacuated due to wildfires in the Malaga region of southern Spain.

Officials warned at the height of the crisis on Friday night that the holiday town of Ojen was at risk of going up in smoke, and evacuated its entire population, including 300 Britons.

A 78-year old man died in his villa, and several people were treated for serious burns including a couple in their 50s. One family is reported as having to hide in a cave to escape flames.

Four hundred firefighters and soldiers battled throughout Friday night, and groups of evacuated tourists watched eight helicopters and aircraft drop water on the blaze.

Plumes of smoke could be seen from the harbour in Marbella, 10 miles away.

Most people were allowed to return over the weekend to see if their homes had survived.

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