Wildfires Rage Along Spain's Coast, Arsonist Sought

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Wildfires rage along Spain's coast, arsonist sought

JAVEA, Spain, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -6th Sept,2016) - Wildfires raged along Spain's coast on Tuesday with police searching for an arsonist who started the blaze near the popular resort of Benidorm that forced the evacuation of 1,400 people.

Hundreds of firefighters backed by water-dropping aircraft were battling the wildfire which began on Sunday near the resort of Javea, up the coast from Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca.

"Everything indicates that the fire was deliberately set, as there were several outbreaks in different places," a local police spokesman said, confirming that searches were under way for the perpetrator.

The fire roared through scrubland along the coastline near residential areas around Javea, sending thick plumes of grey smoke into the air. So far, it has razed more than 800 hectares (1,900 acres) of land, the regional government of Valencia said. It also destroyed several homes and cars, AFP correspondents said.