THE largest fire the Costa del Sol has ever seen looks likely to have begun on the estate of a German national on a road appropriately called ‘Charco del Infierno’ or Pool from Hell.

According to an environment ministry report the fire was started at the estate in the Cerro Alaminos area when a gardener decided to burn cuttings on a bonfire.

Invesigators found remains of cypress, oleander, palms and jacaranda, which were left still alight.

It had soon caught fire to neighbouring land and reached the Barranco Blanco area at around 6.45pm where the first fire alarms were raised.

The estate apparently has two homes, one lived in by the German national who is understood to have been out of the country on August 30 and the other was rented by forest workers, who are understood to have been out working.

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