More than 1,400 people evacuated as fires are tackled

Last updated at 07:19
Firefighters tackle blaze in SpainMANUEL LORENZO
Firefighters tackle blaze in Spain

A huge forest fire that destroyed large areas in southern Spain has been brought under control by emergency services.

300 fire fighters tackled the blaze and more than 1,400 people had to be evacuated from their homes.

The fire took hold on Sunday, not far from the popular tourist resort of Benidorm.

The Spanish police think some of the fires might have been started on purpose.

300 firefighters tackled the blazeMANUEL LORENZO
A helicopter drops water over a wildfire

The wildfire has destroyed around 790 acres of land and several buildings, local emergency services said.

Many people affected by the fire were evacuated to schools to spend the night.

Residents living nearby also offered those who had been moved places to stay and gave them food and water.

1,400 people have been evacuatedMANUEL LORENZO
People evacuated gather at a nearby school for safety and supplies, like food and water