Palma.—Three cars and four motorbikes were totally destroyed by fire and two businesses and a private property damaged by the flames in the early hours of yesterday morning in Palma.

The police were still investigating the cause of the blaze last night and were not ruling out arson because the fire spread extremely quickly with flames reaching as high as the third floor of an apartment block, the entrance of which was totally black yesterday and a number of windows exploded under the intense heat which also damaged marble tiling.

The facade of the building was also damaged with the heat and flames cutting electricity and telephone cables.
Two shops were also damaged with windows blown in by the heat and walls blackened by the thick smoke.
Emergency service and fire fighters were on the scene within minutes and at first there was a state of panic because it was unable to evacuate the block of flats due to the ball of fire raging right outside the entrance to the building.

Some of the residents began opening their windows to let the smoke out but fire fighters ordered that all windows be closed to prevent wind from fanning the flames and the fire from spreading.

Palma fire brigade battled the blaze for some two hours and eventually declared the blaze out at 5am.
Yesterday a major clean up operation was carried out with the vehicles, or what was left of them, towed away and removed while work on cleaning and repairing the damaged properties also began.


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