One person has died and at least ten people have been taken to hospital after a fire broke out at a hotel frequented by celebrities on the Costa del Sol.
Witnesses say they saw “a large ball of fire” engulf the Sisu Marbella hotel around 6:15 am with “people jumping from balconies” to escape. Others reported hearing a large explosion.
Dramatic video showed people descending the wooden facade of the building to escape. Firefighters sprayed the wood with water to cool it so people could hold out long enough to be saved using ladders.
The four-star hotel, located five miles outside of Marbella, is a frequent hangout for stars, including TOWIE’s Lauren Goodger, Abi Clarke and Lauren Pope.
One person has died and at least ten have been injured after a fire broke out at the Sisu Marbella Hotel on Spain’s Costa del Sol around 6:15 a.m., with guests descending outside the building to escape (photo)
Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion before flames ripped through the hotel which had to be evacuated, as well as a neighboring building.
The deceased is believed to be a man whose body was found in his bedroom.
The injured suffered from smoke inhalation or were struck by explosive objects from the heat. There are also reports of injuries among firefighters.
A police spokesperson could not confirm the vacationer’s nationality, but said he died “trying to escape the flames”.
Dramatic video coverage shows the intensity of the blaze as horrified onlookers are heard saying, “My God, people are flinging themselves onto the hotel balconies.”
All guests staying at the low-rise Sisu Marbella were evacuated after the alert went off early this morning.
Residents were also ordered to leave an adjacent building on Río Volga Street in the Nueva Andalucía neighborhood. About a hundred people were evacuated.
The hotel is very popular with British tourists but it is not known if there were any at the time.
The fire broke out around 6:15 am today. At the moment, the cause is not known but a full investigation is already underway.
The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, thanked the “excellent work and swift action” of the Marbella firefighters and the local police in controlling and quelling the blaze.
Exact cause of fire not known, but bosses say investigation has been opened
Firefighters fight the flames at the Sisu Marbella hotel in the wee hours of Friday morning
“Their professionalism has prevented the spread to neighboring developments,” she tweeted an hour ago.
Marbella security adviser José Eduardo Diíaz said it was “a miracle” that people escaped.
“The hotel’s exterior wooden trellises allowed guests to walk down the facade on their own,” he said.
At one point thick black smoke and flames could be seen from the hotel, located in upscale Puerto Banus, as onlookers watched from the street and neighboring balconies.
The injured were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
An Andalusian government spokesperson said emergency services remained on the scene.
A statement confirmed: “At around 6:15 am, the emergency line received the first call warning of a fire in a hotel located on Río Volga Street, in the Nueva Andalucía district.
“Marbella firefighters, the national police force, local police and the public health emergency society (EPES) attended the scene of the events, as emergency operations indicated that several people had been affected by the fire. “
Police sources confirmed to 112 that the hotel had been evicted as well as the neighboring building. Emergency operations, to which Civil Protection has joined, continue to work in coordination in the region.