Fire at Yumbo: Suspected arson attack on Gran Canaria gay pride

Police arrest suspected arsonist after four gay businesses at Yumbo Center go up in smoke during Maspalomas Gay Pride

Unconfirmed reports suggest a suspected arsonist has been detained by Spanish police for setting on fire four gay establishments at the Yumbo Center during Maspalomas Gay Pride.

At the time of writing, at least four terraces of the second floor of the Yumbo Centre have been reported on Twitter as having been affected by a fire, apparently started deliberately at 8am today (6 May) in the tourist town of San Bartolomé, Canary Islands, Spain.

Four businesses specializing in gay tourism have suffered various degrees of damage, while police detained a suspected arsonist near the Maspalomas Health Center.

According to local sources San Bartolomé’s firefighters have now managed to put out the fire without any loss of life or injuries..

Maspalomas Gay Pride is one of the largest annual events in the Canary Islands, attracting well over 50,000 revelers.

Parties usually continue all night with a final parade through Playa del Inglés.

Update: A British man has been arrested for questioning regarding the incident. Pride organizers say the Yumbo will stay open. Click here for more details.

by Dan Littauer
Source – Gay Star News