THE four Brits accused of starting a Magaluf hotel blaze in a dumb prank have been pictured for the first time walking into court today.
Two women named locally Georgia James and Lauren Smith, both 19, were handcuffed together as police led them into a hearing in Majorca’s capital, Palma.
Solarpix These are two of the four Brits arrested over a Magaluf hotel blaze. They are Lauren Smith and Georgia James, both 19
They were followed by 21-year-olds James Brown and Brandon McCahill, also accused of sparking the fire by burning a sleeping pal’s feet using a lighter and aerosol can.
Firefighters had to rescue seven tourists trapped on the BH Mallorca Hotel’s balconies after the blaze broke out on Sunday evening, causing tens of thousands of pounds in damage.
Brandon, dressed in a T-shirt saying Dope Drugs across the front, is understood to have been dressed in the same clothes he wore during the arrest.
It is understood the hearing will take place in private.
Solarpix James Brown, 21, was also lead into the hearing in Palma by cops
Solarpix Brandon McCahill, 21, is also accused of sparking the blaze by allegedly trying to burn his pal’s feet
The blaze ripped through two rooms and caused damage estimated at around £125,000.
Footage from the scene showed terrified Brits running for their lives as thick black smoke and flames engulfed one of the apartments as firefighters brought more than 100 tourists to safety.
Holidaymakers could be heard screaming, telling others to “get out” over the sound of breaking glass.
Specialists from the Civil Guard Criminalistic Laboratory later confirmed the fire began at the end of a mattress.
Shocking footage shows tourists running for their lives after the massive blaze
Reuters: Sell My MotorHome And Camper UK Seven tourists trapped on balconies had to be rescued from the blaze
Reuters: Sell My MotorHome And Camper UK Firefighters were praised for their speed in evacuating tourists No one was badly hurt, although several people including three Civil Guard officers had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Firefighters were praised for bringing holidaymakers to safety.
A Civil Guard source said: “After interviewing several witnesses they discovered that in the room where the fire started there were two women and three men, that one of them was asleep and that the other four were bothering him using a lighter and an aerosol on his feet.”
Handout The Spanish resort, located in the party town of Magaluf, is popular with Brits “The fire completely destroyed one room and affected others.”
The suspects are yet to go before a judge who is expected to decide in a closed court hearing whether to remand them in custody or release them on bail.They have not yet been charged with any crime and in Spain formal charges are only laid shortly before trial.There is no current indication they will be dealt with by way of a speedy trial.