Tulum, Q.R. — At least five palapa-topped cabanas belonging to a Tulum glamping hotel caught fire Wednesday evening. A large portion of the complex, which is located directly on the beach approximately 11 kilometers from the highway, was destroyed by the quick moving flames Wednesday night.
According to Tulum firemen, five of the Libélula Hotel’s nine palapa-roof cabanas caught fire. The glamping cabana hotel is located inside the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Twelve firemen in three units responded to the report of the 8:00 p.m. fire along with elements of Civil Protection. However, by the time they arrived, there was not much they could do.
The severely dried palapa grass quickly burned with winds fanning the flames that made their way to other neighboring palapa roofs. The fire could be seen for kilometers away by travelers along the Tulum-Boca Paila highway.
Firemen and Civil Protection are still working on a possible cause for the fire. There were no injuries reported.