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Spain orders mass evacuation due to enormous tyre fire

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The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain
The scene in Sesena, central Spain

Nine thousand people living in a sprawling apartment complex close to a raging tyre dump fire in a town near Madrid have been ordered to leave their homes.

The Castilla-La Mancha regional government tweeted on Friday evening that around 8,000 apartment residents in Sesena had already left as thick black smoke poured out from the fire, which started before dawn.

The government said ambulances were being sent to the complex to help residents with health problems who could not leave on their own.

No one has been injured in the fire, which authorities believe was intentionally set.

Its billowing black smoke was visible from Madrid, more than 30 kilometres (19 miles) away.