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Three fires sparked by lightning in Spain

July 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM   |   Comments

MOJACAR, Spain, July 12 (UPI) -- A freak storm accompanied by lightning sparked three fires in Spain's Almeria province, officials said.

More than 3,500 bolts of lightning hit Spain during the early Wednesday storm, with 2,000 of the strikes occurring in Almeria, ThinkSpain reported.

The storm came after a week-long heat-wave with temperatures exceeding 104 degrees.

Three forest fires were reported near the cities of Turre, Mojacar and Huercal Overa, the report said. Seven people, including two children, had to be evacuated from their homes in Mojacar, and several empty homes were threatened in Huercal Overa.

So far, no one has been injured or killed by the fires and no damage to personal property has been reported. The fires, however, are still burning.

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