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Spectacular fire in Tacoronte causes Level 3 alert 


There was a major alert in Tacoronte in the north of the island as a result of a fire in a large greenhouse.

The fire was so intense and the smoke dense that the level of emergency was raised to three.

Members of the Tenerife Fire Consortium based in the La Laguna park, Santa Cruz and volunteers from La Laguna and Tegueste, were required to deal with the emergency.

It happened in a greenhouse that stored ornamental plants in the Tagoro Way.

The fire also affected an adjoining warehouse.

The police, emeregency medics and the rescue service also attended.

The fire affected a finca of about 80 hectares in which ornamental plants were stored and burned in its entirety, so the firefighters had to remain on the site for some time to cool the site off and make sure it did not flare up again.

The blaze was so spectacular that the black plumes of smoke were visible from miles around.

Firemen faced an even more difficult task because of flammable materials on the site.