Two children were amongst four people found dead on Tuesday in a northern Costa Blanca property, after a mass stabbing which apparently saw the perpetrator, named in local newspapers as 38 year old Carlos Alberto Soler Garcia, set fire to the house at around 10.30am as he took his own life. The fire led to a butano canister explosion in the rural property, in the Villajoyosa municipality, one kilometre from Finestrat and close to a petrol service area on the AP7 motorway, with a partial collapse of the building interior.
Authorities have been trying to piece together exactly what happened, but their understanding is that Soler Garcia may have stabbed his 68 year old mother, and then his seven year son, as well as his 14 year old stepdaughter. Experts discovered that parts of the building had been doused with petrol and that the injuries sustained by the victims may have come from axes and knives, though the investigation is still on-going. Some reports suggest that the man at the centre of the tragedy suffered from depression and had attempted to take his life before, and that he was scheduled to sign final divorce papers this week, having moved away from the matrimonial home in the Murcia region village of Guadalupe.