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article imageBritish man crushed to death in cave home in Guadix, Spain

By Anne Sewell     Nov 28, 2013 in World
Guadix - Guadix in the Granada area of southern Spain is famous for its cave homes, which have been occupied since the late 15th century. However, one British person who lived in one of these homes was found dead on Wednesday, as his home collapsed on top of him.
According to Spanish firemen who found the man's body beneath a pile of rubble in his home, it was the collapse of the grotto's ceiling that caused his death.
El Confidencial reports (in Spanish) that apparently neighbors of the 60-year-old man had noticed that the pensioner had appeared to have gone missing for two or three weeks, as no one had seen him around town.
Terra.es (in Spanish) say they reported this to the local authorities, who then investigated, finding that the cave had collapsed on the man. Fire fighters had to reinforce the ceiling of the dwelling with struts before they could access the man's body.
A typical cave home for tourists in Guadix  Spain
A typical cave home for tourists in Guadix, Spain
Cuevas Pedro Antonio de Alarcon, Guadix, Granada
Many of the cuevas, as they are called in Spanish, have been completely refurbished and are either occupied by local residents or rented out as an original holiday home to tourists. See the video below for a typical cave resort.
The advantage of the cave homes is that the temperature inside stays pleasant and comfortable during both the hot and cold months. However, it seems there are some disadvantages if one should choose to collapse, as in this case.
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