STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
OVER 350 holiday makers, many of them British, were evacuated from their apartments in the Bellevue holiday complex in Alcudia in the early hours of yesterday morning after a fire broke out in one of the lift machinery rooms.

The alarm was raised at around 4.30am when a fire in one of the complex's apartment blocks was reported.
It appears that the blaze broke out on the seventh floor of one of the blocks and a major emergency operation involving the Guardia Civil, Local Police, Civil Protection, 112 emergency centre, 061 ambulance service and fire fighters from Alcudia and Inca was mounted
For safety reasons, the entire block of holiday apartments was immediately evacuated.
According to initial inspections of the blaze, it appears the fire began in one of the lift engine rooms and fire fighters had to work extremely fast in thick smoke to prevent the flames spreading quickly through the building.

The fire was brought under control after various hours and, once the building had been carefully inspected by fire chiefs, the holiday-makers were allowed to return to their apartments.

A special unit of Guardia Civil fire investigators are probing the cause of the blaze.

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