One man has died and nine people were taken to hospital after a fire broke out last night in a hotel frequented by celebrities on the Costa del Sol.
Witnesses say they saw ‘a great ball of fire’ engulf the Sisu Marbella hotel around 6.15am with ‘people jumping off balconies’ to escape. Others reported hearing a large explosion.
Dramatic video showed people climbing down the building’s wooden facade to save themselves. Firefighters sprayed the wood with water to cool it off so people could hold on long enough to be saved using ladders.
The four-star hotel, located five miles outside of Marbella, is a frequent haunt of 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 6.15amy, with guests climbing down the outside of the building to escape (pictured)
Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion before flames ripped through the hotel which had to be evacuated, along with a neighbouring building
Police have confirmed that the dead man is a French national, who died while trying to escape the flames. He has not been publicly identified.
A spokesman said the other nine injured people were taking to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, and eight had been released from hospital. The ninth was expected to be released on Friday afternoon.
Dramatic video coverage shows the intensity of the fire as horrified onlookers are heard saying: ‘My God, people are throwing themselves down the balconies of the hotel.’
All guests staying at the low-rise hotel Sisu Marbella have been evacuated after the alert was raised early this morning.
Residents were also ordered to leave an adjacent building on Río Volga street in the Nueva Andalucía area. About 100 people were evacuated.
The hotel is very popular with British tourists but it is not known if any were staying at the time.
The exact cause of the fire is not known, but bosses say an investigation has been launched
Firefighters battle flames at the Sisu Marbella hotel in the early hours of Friday morning
Firefighters had extinguished the blaze by midday Friday, after it had gutted much of the building and the pool area
The fire broke out at about 6.15am today. At the moment, the cause is not known but a full investigation is already underway.
The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, thanked ‘the great work and quick action’ of the Marbella fire brigades and local police to control and quell the fire.
‘Their professionalism has prevented the spread to neighbouring developments,’ she tweeted an hour ago.
Marbella’s security councillor, José Eduardo Diíaz said it was ‘a miracle’ that people had escaped.
‘The exterior latticework of the hotel, made of wood, has allowed customers to go down the façade by their own means,’ he said.
At one stage, thick black smoke and flames could be seen pumping from the hotel, which is in the upmarket Puerto Banús district, as onlookers watched from the street and nearby balconies.
Amy Childs is seen relaxing on a sunlounger at the hotel, which was a favourite of TOWIE stars. It is not clear if any Britons were in the hotel at the time of the fire
Kate Wright and Michael Hassini (left), and Lydia Bright and Chloe Lewis (right), are seen at the hotel
Those injured have been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
A spokesman for the Andalusian government said the emergency service remain on the scene.
A statement confirmed: ‘Around 6.15am, the emergency line received the first call that warned of a fire in a hotel located on Río Volga street, in the Nueva Andalucía area.
‘The Marbella Firefighters, the National Police Corps, the Local Police and the Public Health Emergencies Company (EPES) have travelled to the scene of the events, since the emergency operations indicated that there were several people who had been affected by the fire.’
‘Police sources have confirmed to 112 that the hotel has been evicted as well as the building next door. The emergency operations, which Civil Protection has joined, continue to work in coordination in the area.’