THE fires which have caused devastation across the Costa del Sol were almost certainly started deliberately.

While investigators have still not made any arrests, the gossip suggests it was started by an expat angry at not being able to get a building licence in the Sierra Negra area of Coin, or just across the border in Alhaurin.

“Apparently it was started by a German guy in Alhaurin who had been told he couldn’t build on his land,” speculated Sharron Cromwell, 47, who lives in Entrerrios.

“He had enough of the town hall and set fire to the area.

“If true he should be put in front of a firing squad led by the people who have lost their homes,” she added.

While careful about pointing any blame at this early stage, Spain’s Interior Ministry could only speculate that the fire was started by arson.

Spokesman Jose Luis Espejo, said: “The suspicions of the technical experts are very clear, especially taking into account that of other recent fires – the majority of which were started deliberately.”

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