blaze in es vive
photo by gerard felip for the diario de ibiza

A major fire incident occurred today in the Es Vive neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ibiza Town.

Three people are reported as being in a critical condition following the fire which necessitated two fire crews, Ibanat personnel, the Ibanat helicopter, and five ambulances at the scene before the blaze was brought under control.

The fire started at around 1pm and the Diario de Ibiza said eyewitness reports were of 80 people in the building.

During the rescue operation launched, an Ibanat helicopter has rescued two people , a man and a woman, from one of the attics of the building, which had been trapped by the flames.

Three injured in critical condition

Three men are in critical condition as a result of the fire. All are said to be of Moroccan nationality as reported by the Health Area of ​​Ibiza and Formentera.

One of the three, a 32 year old man, jumped from a height of 6 metres and has been admitted to the Intensive care unit suffering from smoke inhalation and burns.

A second casualty, aged 40, has burns severe enough to warrant being transferred to the specialist burns unit of Hospital la Fe in Valencia.

The third of the grave casualties is a 42 year old man who has been admitted to the ICU with burns and smoke inhalation.

In addition, there are three women under observation due to anxiety crisis, a Spanish woman of 52 years and two Moroccans aged 32 and 56.

Finally, two more patients have been admitted for mild smoke inhalation, Moroccan males of 41 and 50 years.

Smoke from the blaze was visible for miles across the island.

Both the president of the Consell de Ibiza, Vicent Torres, and the mayor of Ibiza, Rafa Ruiz, attended the scene to follow the work to control and extinguish the fire, which is so virulent that the emergency services fear that it may cause the structure to collapse.

The building in question is a part constructed failed real estate project that has been a well known squat for several years. It has also become a dumping ground for fly tippers, though it is not yet known whether the accumulation of rubbish had anything to do with the fire.

Editorial Comment:

In recent years we have reported on several substantial fires in properties and on land occupied by squatters.

In March 2017 Fire destroyed 8 hectacres of prime development land in Ibiza Town, and in June of 2017 a fire displaced squatters in Port Des Torrent.