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.
Since September 19, more than 2,000 buildings, and 1,300 homes, have been lost due to the eruption as locals warn of an impending aid crisis striking at the heart of their community.
Approximately 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on the island out of a population of some 83,000.
Harrowing footage has captured the moment a house owned by a British couple is swallowed up under a river of red-hot lava on the Spanish island of La Palme
Just 29 minutes elapsed from the moment the stream of molten rock reached the property’s garden and brought the three-storey villa crashing to the ground
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
This image from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO-CSIC) shows an aerial shot from the oceanographic vessel Ramon Margalef (IEO) of the delta formed on La Palma’s by the lava
The main cone of the La Palma volcano suffered a partial collapse of its structure causing lava to spurt out and slide down towards the towns
The volcano emitted a loud booming noise and lava exploded with force from its crater as it spurted high above the Spanish island
The British couple said to own the house in Los Llanos de Aridane which was filmed disappearing are not thought to have been on the island at the time.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had previously said he would help rebuild the island, adding that it was safe for tourists to visit.
His Government has promised 206million euros (£175million) of aid to help those directly affected by the volcanic eruption.
A river of red-hot lava gushing from a volcano on La Palma is growing after the crater collapsed last night causing spectacular explosions
The Cumbre Vieja volcano spews lava and smoke as it continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma today
On Thursday, it emerged four Brits had been identified by police for breaching checkpoints near the La Palma volcano to take selfie pics they posted on social media.
Officials said the muscled men, who showed off their biceps as they grinned in front of lava in shorts and T-shirts, could face prosecution for a crime of disobedience.
One of the group of four identified locally as a culprit posted a photo of himself sweating near the burning lava alongside a message boasting: ‘We had to cover to sneak round the army and police.
‘It was a full SAS mission with roadblocks, search points and animals to dog in pitch black.’
In another message he added: ‘Took a plane, a rental car, a ferry, and a five hour night hike around the army’s roadblocks but we f***** did it. Once in a lifetime s***.’
The footage was revealed as as mother Nikki Batley, 46, originally from Essex, fled her house in the town of Todoque in La Palma with her 11-year-old son John when a series of earthquakes triggered an eruption on the Cumbre Vieja ridge.
Like many others on the islands, Mr Batley said the family have no insurance and will be forced to start again ‘from zero’ if their house is consumed.
Four muscle men Brits have reportedly been warned they could face prosecution after breaching police checkpoints near the La Palma volcano to take selfies
Satellite image shows the new lava stream from the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting on the island of La Palma last month
Describing the moment the volcano erupted last month, she said: ‘I honestly have never in my entire life felt so terrified.
‘When the mouth of the volcano opened, it is literally directly above us…
‘My partner immediately called saying, it’s exploded, it’s right above where you are, get out now. I had to get my mother-in-law, keep her calm, get my dog and my son and we legged it.’
Ms Batley – a musician and English teacher – has lived on the island since 1998 after moving there from her hometown of Harlow.
She met husband Pedro – a chef – 15 years ago, and the couple live with his mother in the house that she grew up in.
The 81-year-old woman was at home on the day of the eruption, with Ms Batley saying she was ‘in such a state’ as she was forced to leave the house behind.
In other developments, a daring mission using nets flown in by drones had been planned by animal activists Leales.org to rescue pets stuck on the volcanic island in the coming days.