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article imageAmateur flamethrower torches Mallorca apartment building

By Anne Sewell     Jul 17, 2014 in World
Palma De Mallorca - Maguluf on the Balearic Island of Mallorca in Spain is a popular destination for British tourists and is infamous for its drunken brawls and bar-crawls. One such tourist took things too far Wednesday morning, setting an apartment block ablaze.
In a prank that went horribly wrong, involving an aerosol can and a cigarette lighter, the blaze quickly spread through the building, causing 18 people to be evacuated. These included three children aged between four months and six years. Some residents were able to leave under their own power, but others had to be rescued due to the dense black smoke, visible for miles around, which prevented them from leaving by the building's stairway.
Fortunately no one was seriously injured, although a 62-year-old local resident needed urgent medical treatment after inhaling toxic fumes. According to the local media, a family that was trapped on the fourth floor of the building had to throw their three-year-old child to a man below, who then fractured his arm catching the child.
One neighboring resident told El Diario de Mallorca, “I heard a lot of commotion but as it’s so common here I didn't pay that much attention to it."
However the resident soon changed his tune went he saw smoke coming through the door of his house. "I looked through the keyhole, and I saw fire and I had to escape."
It reportedly took several hours for local firefighters to get the blaze under control. The Civil Guard immediately opened an investigation to determine the cause and established that the fire was caused by the recklessness of the tourists, making a homemade flamethrower with the aerosol can and lighter.
According to The Local, authorities on the island are also hoping to take action to prevent the drunk and disorderly behavior of the tourists in the area by cutting down on the numbers of people taking part in the notorious bar crawls in the area to a more manageable 50 persons.
While 50 might still seem like a lot of people, police have had to deal with crowds of between 250 and 300 bar crawlers in the past, blocking the traffic and generally causing drunken chaos in the town.
Spanish sources:
Diario de Mallorca
The Local 1
The Local 2
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