Friday 20 October 2017

Worker dies in forest fire started by man burning used toilet paper

Smoke rises from a wildfire raging on the outskirts of the town of El Paso on the Spanish canary island of La Palma on August 4, 2016
Smoke rises from a wildfire raging on the outskirts of the town of El Paso on the Spanish canary island of La Palma on August 4, 2016
A cockpit view as pilots fly shows dark clouds of smoke from a wildfire near the town of Mazo spreading out across the horizon on the Spanish canary island of La Palma on August 4, 2016
Smoke rises from a wildfire raging on the outskirts of the town of El Paso on the Spanish canary island of La Palma on August 4, 2016

A forest worker was killed and 2,500 people evacuated on the Canary island of La Palma after a forest fire was reportedly started by a German burning soiled toilet paper.

Firefighters and army emergency service soldiers have been using eight water-carrying helicopters and three water-dumping planes to battle the three-day-old blaze raging amid high summer temperatures and strong winds.

A cockpit view as pilots fly shows dark clouds of smoke from a wildfire near the town of Mazo spreading out across the horizon on the Spanish canary island of La Palma on August 4, 2016
A cockpit view as pilots fly shows dark clouds of smoke from a wildfire near the town of Mazo spreading out across the horizon on the Spanish canary island of La Palma on August 4, 2016

The forest worker died on Thursday while helping to control the fire.

The 27-year-old German, who was not named, admitted starting the fire accidentally by burning his soiled toilet paper, said police.

The fire has burned some 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) in the centre of the volcanic island known for its rich vegetation and mountainous countryside.

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