Blaze of tears through the popular tourist resort of the Costa del Sol, leaving shops and restaurants devastated

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A massive fire engulfed a popular Spanish tourist resort, leaving shops and restaurants devastated.

Footage from the Malaga scene shows flames ripping through buildings as black smoke spreads across the sky.

The fire is believed to have started in the forests surrounding the Laguna Village shopping complex, restaurant and beach bar in Estepona.

Store manager Kate Ozog, 40, told local news site Olive Press that there was “nothing left” of the once successful businesses.

“Restaurants, shops, it’s all gone. Twenty stores or something – all gone, ”she said.

“The summer has been so difficult and now the fire. We can not do anything. We have to start from scratch. “

Authorities were concerned about the blaze’s proximity to a gas station, fearing a potential explosion, Olive Press reported.

The fire started around 1:45 p.m., with emergency services declaring an emergency shortly before 4 p.m., according to local reports.

The fire departments used helicopters to put out the blaze in the air, which they later confirmed was contained.

The luxurious five-star Kempinski hotel, located next to the resort, was forced to evacuate all 80 guests shortly before 3:30 p.m., according to Olive Press.

They were allowed to return to their rooms once the situation was brought under control.

About 30 houses in the surrounding area were also forced to evacuate.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire.

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