A Tragic Week in Valencia

By now you are probably aware of the blaze that happened this week in Valencia totally enveloping two buildings in less than an hour fanned by 60km/h winds and fed by cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower in the UK. At the time of writing the death toll is into double figures and we say just as well that the fire started in the early evening when most people were out and about. If this had happened at night then the tragedy would have been inevitably much worse.

As you may be able to imagine here at Valencia Property we are not really up to writing a blog post this week so there will not be a post on Monday for the first time since Putin invaded Ukraine two years ago. However we quickly put up a blog on Friday on our sister site Stepping Stone Rentals asking for help from owners of empty apartments here in Valencia and the suburbs with temporary rehousing of the affected families from the destroyed buildings. You can read that post here.

If you can help then please contact and we will put any affected families in contact directly or through Asicval, the Valencian Estate Agents association who quickly stepped up to the plate with offers to help those affected find accommodation quickly. Estate agencies get a bad rap but the offer of help was spontaneous and quick and already many people have been helped. Thanks to those owners of Stepping Stone Rental properties who have come forward immediately to let us know that their properties are available if required.

The response from everyone has been amazing really but sort of expected, Spain is a very close and social place. Insurance companies said they will make immediate payments to those affected and cover temporary housing costs too. The local government put in place an office to help everybody involved and set aside a large sum to help those affected as well as managing to find 131 empty properties for temporary accommodation. The local community around Campanar and most of the other parts of Valencia stepped into the void with offers of temporary shelter, clothes, food and more. It's unfortunate that it has to be a tragedy that demonstrates what binds us is more important than what divides us.

We'll be back next week with a new blog post and more news about this event and other things in and around Valencia.

Graham and the Valencia Property and Stepping Stone Rentals Team

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