French tourist dies, 9 injured in luxury hotel fire in Spain


Firefighters work at the scene of a hotel fire in Marbella, Spain, Friday Aug. 21, 2020. Police in southern Spain say that a French tourist has died and nine more people have been injured while trying to escape the flames that engulfed a luxury hotel in the coastal resort town of Marbella (Alex Zea, Europa Press via AP)

MADRID (AP) — A French tourist died Friday in a fire at a luxury hotel in southern Spain and nine other people were injured while trying to escape the flames, police said.

Video footage on social media showed people escaping the fire at the Sisu Boutique Hotel in Puerto Banus, Marbella, through windows and climbing down several stories of the building’s lattice facade.

It took more than three hours to extinguish the raging blaze, which broke out at 6 a.m., Malaga province’s civil protection agency said.

A National Police spokeswoman in the province confirmed that the only victim was a Frenchman who was staying at the hotel. The officer wasn’t authorized to be named in media reports.

Around 100 guests and employees were evacuated from the hotel as well as residents from a nearby building, authorities said.

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