Amazing pictures show massive fires spreading near Benidorm

An enormous fire has destroyed homes and woodland, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from towns close to Benidorm in the Alicante province of Spain.

The area which is popular with tourists has been evacuated, with people moved to nearby schools, restaurants and hostels.

The fire took hold in a wooded area outside Benitatxell in Alicante on Sunday September 4.

Police have been investigating the cause of the fire, which has been described as suspicious, as the authorities suspect a possible arson attack.

The emergency services were forced to bring in soldiers to help tackle the blaze which started around 4pm in Mirador Cumbres del Sol.

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A second fire then broke out near the town of Javea, affecting the national park of La Granadella, an area of ecological importance.

A third fire then erupted at Playa del Arenal around 8.30pm.

Water-carrying aeroplanes and helicopters were brought in to help calm the blaze but were unable to continue working after 9pm due to the lack of light, returning at dawn.

Roads have been closed as emergency services continue to try to get the fires under control.

It is not yet clear if anyone has been injured.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark was holidaying in the affected region when the fires began, he tweeted:

Others also took to Twitter to show pictures and updates of the mammoth fires

Local business owners are doing all they can to help

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