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A large fire has engulfed two residential buildings in Valencia in eastern Spain – with people seen trapped on balconies waiting to be rescued.

Officials said at least 13 people, including six firefighters, had suffered burns, fractures and smoke inhalation.

There have so far been no reports of any deaths.

The city centre blaze started early on Thursday evening and spread from a block of flats to a small building next door, said Spanish news agency Efe.

Firefighters rescue two people trapped on a balcony. Pic: AP

A housing block burns in Valencia. Pic: AP
Pic: AP

Thick back smoke poured from the buildings and images showed people being rescued from their balconies with the flames perilously close.

Soldiers from an emergency unit were on the scene alongside firefighters, and medics set up a tent to treat the injured.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he was “shocked by the terrible fire” and the city would get “all the help that is necessary”.

“I want to convey my solidarity to all the people affected and recognition to all the emergency personnel already deployed at the scene,” Mr Sanchez posted on X.

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