700 evacuated from Ibiza beach after fire

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At least 700 people were evacuated from a beach on Spain's trendy holiday island of Ibiza on Sunday after a fire burnt 20 hectares of land, but no one was hurt, a television report said.

The blaze "trapped at least 700 people in the Benirras bay" in the northwest of the island, who had to be rescued by land and sea, public TVE television said quoting regional rescue services.

The fire also reached a parking lot where "possibly up to 20 cars were caught in the fire".

Fire fighters from the nearby island of Majorca were sent to Ibiza to assist local firefighters.

The report said the evacuation by sea was necessary as the beach was difficult to access.

© 2010 AFP

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