Harrowing footage has captured the moment a house owned by a British couple is swallowed up under a river of red-hot lava on a volcanic island.
Just 29 minutes elapsed from the moment the stream of molten rock reached the property’s garden and brought the three-storey villa, on the Spanish island of La Palma, crashing to the ground.
Spanish news website NIUS reported the house belonged to a British couple who ‘only visit the island during the winter’.
In the footage, a man can be heard screaming: ‘The wall is beginning to break’ in Spanish, as the river of molten rock can be seen creeping closer towards the property.
Cracks first started appearing along the outer walls of their home after just 14 minutes, with waves of 1967F (1075C) lava streaming out onto the road in Los Llanos de Aridane and eventually bringing the entire house toppling down.
The lava engulfed a palm tree on the way, bringing the house down amid a plume of white smoke at 8.15pm local time exactly 29 minutes after it destroyed the wall ringing the three-storey villa.
Just the top of the house remained as the rest of the property was quickly destroyed amid the fiery inferno that first began when the Spanish island’s Cumbre Vieja volcano first erupted more than a month ago.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Natalia Penza and Jacob Thorburn