The blaze broke out on Sunday afternoon at the Lazy Days holiday park in the southern town of Mollina, about 65 kilometres inland from the port of Malaga, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the air.
Firefighters backed by a water-dropping helicopter took more than two hours to put out the blaze, which destroyed 40 prefab homes and damaged another three, local emergency services said. Another 17 homes escaped damage. Two people suffered first degree burns and were treated at the scene.
A man walks through the rubble at Lazy Days holiday park. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP
“It was a small fire but it just took off because of the wind,” said Carol Piper, a 76-year-old from Suffolk, who has lived at the holiday park on her own for the past year.
“Everything burned – my home, my passport, my debit card, everything,” she told AFP. “All I got out was the dog. We had gas bottles blowing up, black smoke, it was awful. Awful.”
A view over the burned-out holiday park. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP
Local authorities have opened an investigation into the cause of the blaze. Some people vacation at the holiday park but most of the some residents are pensioners who live here year-round.
They were all evacuated and are now staying with friends or at a nearby youth centre.
A burned-out home at Lazy Days holiday park. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP
“We haven't got anything. We have the clothes we are wearing. There are a lot of elderly people who have lost everything,” said Susan Johnson, a 62-year-old from the northern English city of Sheffield who has lived at the site with her husband since September 2019.
The site, which is surrounded by fields, features an outdoor pool and mini-golf course.