Elliott Wright demolishes his Marbella restaurant after blaze as he prepares to rebuild following 'arson attack'

FORMER Towie star Elliott Wright has demolished his Marbella restaurant in order to rebuild it after an "arson attack".

The 41-year-old, who is the cousin of Mark Wright, was left devastated after Olivia's La Cala caught fire earlier this week.

Elliott, who owns the beachfront restaurant – popular amongst celebrities – revealed it had burnt down in the early hours of Monday morning.

Close to the Spanish city on the Costa del Sol, the fine dining spot was the location for ITVBe reality show Playa in Marbella.

As reality TV star Elliot begins to tear it down, he has become convinced that the building was torched by someone deliberately.

Clearing the rubble, the restaurant owner got stuck in and joined the construction crew tearing down the walls as bulldozers removed the wreckage.

Sharing an emotional video, Elliott thanked his fans for their kind words, saying: "Every day is a challenge. Thank you to everyone who offered help."

Filming the bulldozer working to clear the fallen building, he explained: "The old bar is getting smashed down. The new one is coming."

He was joined by his uncle Dave as he took a swing at the old walls with a hammer, joking: "Demolishing ain't my thing."

Elliott previously hit out at "spiteful, nasty people" for taking away his "dream" as he speculated the fire had been started purposefully.

"My dream has been cruelly taken away from me by some spiteful nasty people for what every reason I will probably never know," he wrote.

"All that matters really is that I will rebuild and I will be back. 2021 may be delayed more than we wanted, but we have all waited long enough, a little longer and we will be back with a bang.

"I want to thank everyone who has came with offers of help or a simply kind message. I've genuinely been touched.

"Including my Spanish community as well as the mayor Josele Gonzalez, you have all been amazing, you realise in time of trouble the people that are there for you."

Police have now launched an investigation into what started the blaze, but there is currently no evidence as to what caused it.

A spokesman for the Civil Guard, the force covering the area where the restaurant is situated, said: "Our officers attended the scene of the blaze and the question of what caused it will now be the focus of a police investigation.

"We can ask for the report from the fire crews that attended if necessary but we also have our own fire investigation specialists who are trained to look at these sort of things.

"Their findings will be sent to a local court."

Elliott's Towie co-stars have all rushed in to offer their condolences over his multiple Instagram posts showing the burnt down restaurant.

Cousin Jess Wright offered words of encouragement, writing: "If anyone can come out of this even better it’s YOU! It will be even more amazing."

"Sorry to see this bro… Thinking of you and I am sure you will bounce back stronger," Mario Falcone added beneath the post.

It hasn't been an easy year for Elliott, who revealed his father Eddie died of Covid-19 after battling the virus earlier this year.

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