'Miracle house' untouched by lava after terrifying volcanic eruption

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A house on the Canary Islands has been dubbed a "miracle house" after it escaped unscathed by lava from a volcano explosion, which destroyed everything else in its path.

Photos of the house have gone viral on social media, showing the land around the house charred and burned by the flow of lava, while the house stands untouched amongst it. 

The stark comparison of the white walls and brown roof untouched by the lava have fascinated the world, with it still unclear how it survived.

A photo of a house surrounded by land that has been charred by lava.
The house has been dubbed a 'miracle house'. Source: AP/ Emilio Morenatti

Owners 'emotional' when they saw house still standing

Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported that the house was owned by Danish retirees Inge and Rainer Cocq and that the house's architect Ada Monnikendam and her husband instantly recognised the house.

“I know that house! My husband and I built it!” said Ms Monnikendam told the publication. 

The owners, who are in their eighties, have not visited their property since the pandemic began, but reportedly were in tears when they received news that their “miracle house” had survived. 

“We all started crying like crazy when I told them that their beloved house was intact,” Ms Monnikendam said. 

A volcano on the Canary Islands erupted on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. Source: (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
A volcano on the Canary Islands erupted on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. Source: (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Hundreds evacuated off the island

The lives of thousands of residents of the Canary Island of La Palma near Spain were forced to flee after the volcanic eruption began along the Cumbre Vieja ridge on Sunday.

The unstoppable lava has been slowly burning and covering houses as well as fields since the Cumbre Vieja volcano has erupted on Sunday afternoon.

About 6000 people of the 80,000 people living on the island have been evacuated since Sunday and those living on the path of the lava were allowed back into their homes for brief moments to recover belongings.

No fatalities or injuries have been reported, but drone footage captured two tongues of black lava cutting a devastating swathe through the landscape as they advanced down the volcano's western flank towards the sea.

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