Hundreds flee homes ahead of Valencia forest fire

A huge blaze in forests around Valencia have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes overnight.

Seven care homes for the elderly in Torrent were evacuated by emergency services overnight as they were unable to guarantee their safety ahead of the blaze, along with dozens of individual homes in the area. An entire urbanisation, “Santa Domingo” in nearby Chiva was emptied overnight by police.

Fire on the outskirts

Two people were rescued by firefighters after being overcome by the thick smoke.

The Red Cross supplied 300 emergency beds, although 60 of the most vulnerable OAP’s were taken in by another care centre nearby.

Hundreds of firefighters joined the battle at dawn, along with 13 planes and 14 Fire Brigades from across Valencia, along with specialised units from the Army’s UME unit.

Roads around the area have been cut to prevent access by the public.

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