In the southwest of France: Violent fire in the forest and several homes destroyed

During a severe forest fire in the holiday region around the seaside resort of Biarritz is around 165 hectares of forest and several houses have been destroyed.

In the southwest of France: Violent fire in the forest and several homes destroyed

During a severe forest fire in the holiday region around the seaside resort of Biarritz is around 165 hectares of forest and several houses have been destroyed. The fire broke out on Thursday morning in a pine forest in the triangle of three cities of Biarritz, Anglet and Bayonne, close to the border to Spain. "It is scary. There is nothing left,“ said the mayor of Anglet, Claude Olive, the station France info on Friday. "It was quite a race, because the fire jumped from garden to garden."

The fire brigade brought the fire in the night to Friday under control, more than 200 forces were throughout the night in use. Also for fire fighting aircraft fighting the fire. About a dozen residents, police officers and firefighters came to the Prefecture, according to a smoke poisoning in the hospital. More than a hundred people had to leave their homes.

at Least eleven houses were damaged, according to the newspaper "Sud Ouest" reported – five of them are uninhabitable. "In my street the flames were approaching the houses, and they were very fierce, we all got in our cars," quoted the newspaper a local resident. Dark smoke clouds were over the area on the Atlantic coast, the fire raged threat areas close to residential.

The Chiberta forest is a green island in the densely populated Metropolitan area, is also a popular holiday region. Around the forest, numerous houses are. The forest is of immeasurable value to be "heirloom", an "environmental and natural treasure," said mayor Olive. There was an incredible solidarity among the residents. Almost all of the people who found refuge in a gymnasium, had been picked up by friends or relatives.

"It was impressive because we had weather conditions that were not at all good," he said. There had been winds from the South, which would have fanned the fire more. Why the fire broke out, was initially unclear. In the Region of the great drought of last.

Updated Date: 31 July 2020, 13:19

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