FORMER The Only Way is Essex star Elliott Wright’s Costa del Sol restaurant has been gutted by fire – just weeks after his dad died from coronavirus.
The devastating blaze at Olivia’s La Cala broke out around 5.30am this morning.
Three fire engines rushed to the scene along with police and paramedics.
Elliott, the cousin of TV star Mark Wright, was at the restaurant in La Cala de Mijas near Fuengirola today surveying the damage.
He wrote on Instagram: "So I will get this out there as no doubt this news will spread fast… unfortunately it’s with regret that @olivias_la_cala had a fire in the early hours of this morning… it’s too soon to say why, all that matters is it has.
"More importantly in life you get tested.. it’s been a very testing couple of years.. especially recently.. but if you know me, you know I will rise from this.. I will rebuild it big and better then before.. I will never be beaten."
His Towie pals James Argent, Ferne McCann and Megan McKenna all sent him their love in the comments.
An investigation into the cause of the blaze is now underway.
Local firefighters confirmed the alarm had been raised around 5.30am.
One said: “Eight firemen in three fire engines rushed to the scene along with other emergency responders.
“The blaze broke out in the entrance of the restaurant and an investigation into how it started is underway but it’s going to take some time to discover what caused it.
“No-one was inside the restaurant at the time and there were no casualties but there has been extensive damage to the premises.
“It’s not going to open today or this week or this month because of the amount of damage there’s been."
Another added: “It took about two hours to bring the blaze under control.
“Firefighters have been at the scene this morning along with police.”
Elliott, who was spotted at his restaurant this morning and said to be bizarrely dressed as a firefighter, was not immediately available for comment.
He appeared in The Only Way is Essex between 2010 and 2017.
Mark Wright and his wife Michelle Keegan were among those who attended the glitzy opening of the restaurant in August 2015.
Its owner said after the opening: “I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to build my dream.”
In August 2019 singer Jessie J put in a cameo appearance at the restaurant ahead of her performance at the Starlite festival in Marbella.
She made her surprise appearance to introduce her friend James Argent for his gig at the eaterie before joining the crowd in cheering him through the set.
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