THE Guardia Civil are investigating the causes of three fires which broke out in hotels and apartment blocks in the port of Alcudia in the early hours of yesterday morning, causing 50 tourists to be evacuated. Arson is suspected.

Nobody was injured and emergency service sources said that in one case, the services of the fire brigade were not needed.
The first fire was reported at the Hotel Viva Golf, shortly after midnight.
The hotel is open to the public, and it was necessary to evacuate the 50 guests, but thanks to the rapid intervention of the Majorcan fire brigade who rushed fire engines from their bases in Can Picafort and Inca there were no injuries.

It took the firemen less than an hour to extinguish the blaze.
A similar fire broke out shortly before 1am in the Hotel Ciudad Blance, which is closed to the public.
Six rooms on the same floor were affected by the fire which was rapidly extinguished by the firemen.
By 4pm, the firemen had returned to their fire stations, and the third fire was reported at 7.30am.
This time, it was at the Apartamentos Sofia, a block of tourist flats, which were unoccupied. Guardia Civil officers found various mattresses on fire and managed to extinguish them without the need of thefire brigade.

An investigation has been opened as it is believed that the three cases are related.
Balearic tourism chief Joan Flaquer offered the three establishments the support and collaboration of his department to resolve problems dervied from the fire.

Although the fires did not cause personal damage, they did cause considerable material damage.
The worst hit establishment was the Reina Sofia, where at least ten rooms were destroyed by the fire and there was considerable smoke damage.