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The Quintanilla del Coco fire surprised over half a thousand visitors to Burgos
“You have 20 minutes to go.” “The Civil Guard has arrived and we have to eject.” “Don’t come back tonight, we have to close.” Messages, phone calls, sounds from reception and a holiday interrupted by flames. The Quintanilla del Coco fire disrupted the Santiago holiday or ‘bridge’ for nearly half a thousand tourists living in the Arlanza region in Burgos this Sunday.
“They tell you that you have to leave, and in some cases almost without giving you time to pack,” explains Ana of Madrid, who wants to enjoy “a long weekend in the Silos, Lerma … Ribera de Duero”. was. Anna was living 300 meters from the Silos Monastery when she had to leave the establishment after flames engulfed the city last Sunday afternoon.
On the other hand, the owners who came from the reception warned all their guests of forced eviction due to the fire. Elvira Martin of the Tres Coronas Hotel says, “Most people understand this, even sympathize with what is happening, but there are some who did not understand why they had to leave, because they said that the fire was too much. was away.” ,
The fire also destroyed tourism
More than 85% of hotel rooms are full, with national tourists but not visitors from France or the United Kingdom, with some evicted guests returning for their belongings this Monday after spending the night in rural homes in other hotels or towns. Tried. Lerma or Covarrubias including Burgos and Aranda.
“We were making a route through Lerma and they told us about the fire… you panic, you call 112, the civil guard, the hotel… but you can’t do anything,” Fernando Ordonez says, also from Madrid. « We had to show the hotel reservation to the Civil Guard to recover our belongings, and now we are on our way home. They are not the expected holidays, but these people are running out of time,” he insisted.
The nerves of the eviction led to moments of tension, such as with a couple from Alcalá de Henares who had slept at the Hotel Tres Coronas, and they noticed a fire at the time the Silos hotel complex was closed. “They’re scared, but they’re able to go,” he defends from the establishment.
For his part, the mayor of Silos, Amaterio Martín, is hopeful that tourism in the municipality will not be set on fire. “The Silos is still here, and he has a lot to offer.”