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article imageVideo: Luxury ski resort burned down in Sierra Nevada, Spain

By Anne Sewell     Jan 23, 2014 in World
Granada - A luxury ski resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains in southern Spain has burned to the ground in a spectacular blaze. Fifty-two people were evacuated from the building and no injuries have been reported.
El Mundo reports (in Spanish) that the hotel, located in the urbanization of Pradollano, was relatively empty at the time of the fire as most guests were out on the ski slopes. The blaze is thought to have been started by a chimney fire and led to the collapse of the roof of the building.
32 guests and 20 staff members were evacuated from the wooden building and no one was injured.
El Lodge  a luxury ski resort in the Sierra Nevada in Spain has burned to the ground.
El Lodge, a luxury ski resort in the Sierra Nevada in Spain has burned to the ground.
Firemen from the nearby city of Granada fought the fire. Fire fighters were assisted by workers from Cetursa, a company in the area who use cannons that produce artificial snow for slopes in the area, to help fight the blaze (pictured right).
Within a matter or hours, the El Lodge resort was razed to the ground, while skiers could only look on.
The lodge was designed by British interior designer Andrew Martin and was one of the most luxurious hotels in Sierra Nevada, with a pool, spa, gym and private suites, and prices ranging between 400 and 1200 euros a night.
El Pais reports (in Spanish) that the hotel was built just over 20 years ago but last year was completely refurbished.
Meanwhile, the manager of the Association of Sierra Nevada, Javier Sarabia, lamented the fire, saying that this leaves the area without a suitable "high level" establishment focusing on more affluent customers.
Anyone interested in seeing the hotel prior to the fire can visit the website of El Lodge. There is a note on the website saying that the hotel is "closed temporarily."
El Lodge in the Sierra Nevada  Spain.
El Lodge in the Sierra Nevada, Spain.
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