Middlezoy businessman tells of Spain wildfire horror

Bridgwater Mercury: This was the scene after flames ripped through southern Spain. Photo: Steve Margetts This was the scene after flames ripped through southern Spain. Photo: Steve Margetts

A BUSINESSMAN from Bridgwater has told the Mercury how he was forced to evacuate tenants from his properties in southern Spain after a wildfire broke out in the area.

More than 5,000 people staying near the tourist destination of Marbella were evacuated after a fire started Thursday afternoon (August 30), spreading through a 12km coastal area near holiday spots.

Steve Margetts, who lived in Middlezoy and now runs estate agency Marlin Global in Spain, had to evacuate his long-term rental clients from his complex in Calahonda.

He said: “The fire service then used the top terrace to fight the fire as it was lapping up against the complex boundary. “I have friends on another complex in the same area who had it much worse, I just saw today scorch marks to the properties.

“The fire spread very quickly due to the extreme heat and warm winds that night. It progressed slightly inland and down the coast towards Marbella. The wind and fire changed directions many times.

“The emergency services were first class.”

Reports in the area suggested the fire started in the Mijas campo area behind Fuengirola.

Mr Margetts added: “At the time I was dining in Fuengirola with my partner, Tina Collins, also from Bridgwater. We could see the bright red night sky to the North West and plenty of smoke.

“It was impressive, if scary.”

Campo fires occur every year but not usually to such an extent. Mr Margetts said the last large fire was about ten years ago on the Costa del Sol.

The main fire is believed to have been contained but there are still small fires breaking out near La Cala de Mijas.

The British Consulate in Malaga said those evacuated have all now left the evacuation centre and are staying with friends or have returned to their homes.

Mr Margetts’ tenants left for a couple of nights to allow the smoke to calm, and the area is currently being cleared of ash.

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9:12am Tue 4 Sep 12

Blurby Monster says...

This makes all the arsons and fires in the Westonzoyland and Middlezoy area look quite small. At least they can"t blame this one on The Kiddy.
This makes all the arsons and fires in the Westonzoyland and Middlezoy area look quite small. At least they can"t blame this one on The Kiddy. Blurby Monster
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9:58am Tue 4 Sep 12

Rusty Hinge says...

Blame it on WHO?.
Blame it on WHO?. Rusty Hinge
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10:51am Wed 5 Sep 12

Lord Gothover says...

Rusty Hinge wrote:
Blame it on WHO?.
Over the past two or three years there have been many refrences to a gink called "The Kiddy" on this site, and also a vicious character referred to as "Mr Blooby", who supposedly works with him and is his mentor. Who ARE these people?. The inhabitants of the Zoy villages all know, but seem to have lost their voices - terrorized into silence.
[quote][p][bold]Rusty Hinge[/bold] wrote: Blame it on WHO?.[/p][/quote]Over the past two or three years there have been many refrences to a gink called "The Kiddy" on this site, and also a vicious character referred to as "Mr Blooby", who supposedly works with him and is his mentor. Who ARE these people?. The inhabitants of the Zoy villages all know, but seem to have lost their voices - terrorized into silence. Lord Gothover
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11:24pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Rusty Hinge says...

Lord Gothover wrote:
Rusty Hinge wrote:
Blame it on WHO?.
Over the past two or three years there have been many refrences to a gink called "The Kiddy" on this site, and also a vicious character referred to as "Mr Blooby", who supposedly works with him and is his mentor. Who ARE these people?. The inhabitants of the Zoy villages all know, but seem to have lost their voices - terrorized into silence.
If this is true and these people are on the loose - and everyone knows who they are - why isn"t the law doing something about them?. Do they have to go on and murder innocent victims before they get caught?.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Gothover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rusty Hinge[/bold] wrote: Blame it on WHO?.[/p][/quote]Over the past two or three years there have been many refrences to a gink called "The Kiddy" on this site, and also a vicious character referred to as "Mr Blooby", who supposedly works with him and is his mentor. Who ARE these people?. The inhabitants of the Zoy villages all know, but seem to have lost their voices - terrorized into silence.[/p][/quote]If this is true and these people are on the loose - and everyone knows who they are - why isn"t the law doing something about them?. Do they have to go on and murder innocent victims before they get caught?. Rusty Hinge
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