Freak accident as three die under mountain of clothes
Police on the Costa del Sol have launched an investigation after a married couple and their daughter were crushed to death by hundreds of kilos of clothes they had hoarded in their home.
The bodies of the man and wife, aged 49 and 50, together with their 12-year-old daughter, were found by their other child, a girl of 18, in Alicante.
It is believed they were either crushed or suffocated by the mountain of clothes they had apparently collected in their house over a number of years.
Investigators say part of the floor of the first-floor apartment of the flat caved in due to the weight and the three victims were buried under the clothes.
The freak accident happe-ned between 8am and 9am in Avenida Alcoi but it was not discovered until 1pm by the surviving 18-year-old daughter.
Rescuers had to remove a massive amount of clothes and other items to free the bodies. Firefighters from Alicante had to be called in to help.
The tiny flat occupied less than 60 square metres of space and the weight of the clothes is believed to have affected the rest of the structure.