DESTROYED: Playa Padre beach club was ablaze for more than an hour ©theOlivePress

THE huge fire which engulfed a Marbella beach club has been extinguished. 

Flames erupted at Playa Padre chiringuito at around 7pm this evening.

Several fire trucks, Policia Nacional and other emergency staff rushed to the scene next to the Puerto Deportivo Marina La Badajilla.

BURNT OUT: Only the frames of the buildings remain intact ©theOlivePress

The flames were mostly put out by 8.30pm. 

Police told the Olive Press at the scene: “Four fire engines attended a fire at Playa Padre chiringuito after receiving emergency calls at around 7pm this evening. 

“We do not yet know how the fire started.

“The flames are believed to have begun in the middle of the club before spreading throughout the rest of the establishment within minutes.

CORDONED OFF: Site is inaccessible although it is not yet being treated as a crime scene ©theOlivePress

“The club, consisting of three buildings, was made of highly flammable material, mostly wood with straw roofs.”

Police are not yet treating the site as a crime scene. 

Emergency services enter the torched club ©theOlivePress

A security guard is believed to have been on duty but left the scene unharmed when the flames erupted.

The club, which employs around 50 people, was due to open during Semana Santa and is owned by well known Marbella businesswoman Maria Bravo.

It opened in the summer of 2017 with a star studded event attended by Hollywood actress Eva Longoria.

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