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article imageMallorca: Three men arrested for devastating forest fire (video)

By Anne Sewell     Jul 30, 2013 in World
The major forest fire which blazed through the island of Mallorca in Spain over the weekend was caused by a barbeque held on Thursday that went horribly wrong. People are now gradually returning to their homes.
Digital Journal reported on the blaze on the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, which caused 700 people to be evacuated.
This weekend Ignacio G.H. was arrested by Spain's Civil Guard on suspicion of having started the fire. Reportedly, he spent Monday night in police custody and was expected to appear before a judge on Tuesday. Two other men have also been charged with starting the fire.
Samuel G.H. was in charge of the farmstead from which the fire originated and he is the brother of Ignacio G.H. He was earlier arrested but freed on bail while officials continued to investigate the cause of the fire.
However, those investigations ended with the arrest of Ignacio G.H. and two friends.
It seems the three men had been enjoying a barbeque on Thursday at the farm of Samuel G.H., and they then threw hot coals over a plowed field.
As the field was so dry, police believe that this caused the forest fire which has destroyed almost 2,000 hectares of the World Heritage Tramuntana mountains.
A view of the Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca after the serious forest fire in July 2013.
A view of the Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca after the serious forest fire in July 2013.
Video screengrab
The flames destroyed rural areas and established forest trees along with some species of protected flora and fauna, including native blackberries, native palm trees, turtles, genets and martens.
700 were evacuated for safety until the blaze was put out, and while no one was injured, one fireman was treated for dehydration.
250 of the evacuated residents have now been able to return to their homes.
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