Spain jails Ger­man who set for­est on fire with toi­let pa­per

Cape Breton Post - - World -

MADRID — A court in Spain’s Ca­nary Is­lands has sent a 27-year-old Ger­man man to prison for 3 1/2 years for caus­ing a mas­sive for­est fire that killed one worker last sum­mer. The man al­ready ad­mit­ted, when he was de­tained in July last year, that he ac­ci­den­tally started the blaze by burn­ing his soiled toi­let pa­per. Civil guard agents had found him near the source of the fire in the At­lantic Ocean is­land of La Palma. The blaze de­stroyed nearly 5,000 hectares (12,300 acres) of for­est and prompted the evac­u­a­tion of thou­sands of res­i­dents. A pro­vin­cial court in Santa Cruz de Tener­ife ruled Fri­day that the man should also pay 1.8 mil­lion eu­ros ($2 mil­lion) for the restora­tion of the af­fected for­est ar­eas and com­pen­sate the rel­a­tives of the de­ceased for­est worker.

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