Forest fire in southwestern Turkey spreads to hotel, no one injured
A wildfire that broke out on July 29 at a seaside resort in southwestern Turkey has spread to a hotel that doubles as a tourism training school, officials said. No injuries were reported and the fire was later brought under control.
The fire started in the resort town of İçmeler, near the Aegean port city of Marmaris in Muğla province.
Everyone at the hotel and surrounding structures has been safely evacuated, Marmaris Mayor Mehmet Oktay said.
Video footage showed one side of the hotel in flames. A villa and several vehicles in İçmeler were also damaged.
Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the cause of the fire, the broadcaster reported.
At least seven water-dropping helicopters and five planes attempted to put it out, the Muğla governor’s office said. The Coast Guard has closed an area of the sea to marine traffic to allow helicopters to refill safely, he said.
Last summer, fires fueled by high winds and scorching temperatures tore through forests in Turkey’s Mediterranean and Aegean regions, including Marmaris. The wildfires have killed at least eight people and countless animals, and have been described as the worst in Türkiye’s history.