CLC WORLD FIRE STATEMENT
As part of its emergency response 1,248 guests staying at CLC World’s Club La Costa World Costa del Sol resort were evacuated to safety following the outbreak of fire on land near the resort on Sunday evening. CLC World has carefully prepared contingency plans and the resort’s security team and key heads of department organised the operation. San Diego Suites, Malibu Mansions, Sierra Marina, Marina del Sol phase III and IV and the resort’s restaurants were all cleared and guests were directed by staff acting as marshalls to a safe part of the resort while other staff members set about tackling the blaze with hoses. The fire was reported at 17.00 and emergency services were on site within 30 minutes, using eight air craft and seven fire trucks to extinguish the fire.
CLC World’s resort management director Richard Fletcher said: “Our contingency plan is finely honed and guests responded promptly to the need to move to a place of safety. Those with mobility difficulties were assisted by staff using their cars. We received the all-clear to occupy apartments in San Diego Suites and phase III and IV of Marina del Sol at 20.05 and Malibu mansions and Sierra Marina at 21.30. Fortunately the prompt action of our staff and the skill of the emergency services meant that no damage was caused to any buildings. We have been carrying out a thorough review this morning (Monday) to ensure that all is well, and I’m pleased to say that the resort is fully operational and it is business as usual. One of our security guards was treated at the nearest hospital for smoke inhalation and exhaustion and is recovering, and we pay tribute to all those who took part in managing the fire as well as thanking our guests for their understanding. We had already taken pre-emptive action by excavating open land and removing dry scrub near our resort and these measures coupled with the speedy response of our staff and emergency services, meant that the potential impact was carefully contained.”