Thursday 20 July 2017

Worker killed in Canary island forest fire started by man burning toilet paper

Firefighters and army emergency service soldiers have been battling the forest fire on La Palma
Firefighters and army emergency service soldiers have been battling the forest fire on La Palma

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.

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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