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Fire causes plumes of black smoke 

Spectacular plumes of black smoke brought a busy area of Santa Cruz to a halt on March 1st and prompted a huge crowd of onlookers. Police and fire crews were called to the Salamanca district just after 5pm when the alert was raised to the 1-1-2 service. A fire had broken out in a garage under a building of three floors and six properties in calle Isla de La Gomera. As a precaution, the whole of the premises were evacuated as crews tackled the fire, first in one car and then in two others. No-one was hurt but an 80-year-old resident had to be treated for an anxiety attack.