An apartment building has partially collapsed in the popular Tenerife resort of Los Cristianos.
And Huddersfield holidaymaker Mark Schofield has been watching the huge rescue operation that has been mounted.
He and his wife Jayne were having a morning coffee just a couple of hundred yards from where the building collapsed. He saw helicopters, fire crews and ambulances rush to the scene.
But it appears the incident is not as bad as was first feared.
There were reports of people being trapped but emergency services are now saying that at least three people have been injured but not seriously.
A National Police spokesman said it is not immediately known how many people were in the 21-apartment building at the time of the collapse.
Firefighters are working to clear the rubble at the building, located in the built-up, central area of Los Cristianos in the south of the Canary Island.
The cause of the collapse is not yet known.
Police said the three people suffered light injuries.
Mr Schofield, of Blackmoorfoot, said: “We had gone out for a walk and stopped in Los Christianos for a coffee when we heard the sirens.
“We walked down the road and were shocked to see the entire building in the middle of a block had just caved in.
“You could see furniture in the rooms still in place but the outside walls had gone.
“It’s a huge operation by the emergency services and no-one seems to know exactly what happened”