Man arrested for starting Mogán fire on Tuesday night

2020/07/15 13:53:33 Written by Canarian Weekly Gran Canaria

A 38 year old man is being held by the Guardia Civil accused of starting last nights forest fire in Gran Canaria.

The outbreak of the fire was reported last night at 9.50pm by residents of Draguillo, who called emergency services that a fire had started on a nearby slope, affecting about 100 metres of bush and scrubland.

It was these same residents who held the alleged perpetrator of the fire, until the arrival in the first instance of the Local Police, who then detained him until fhe Guardia Civil came and arrest him.

Based on initial police investigations, the detainee was camping in the area because he has no other place to live, and started a barbecue but lost control of the fire, breaking the law in the first place as there is an island wide ban on fires, barbeques, and fireworks in forestal areas due to the high risk of fire.

The detainee, who has previous convictions, remains in custody until the corresponding Court becomes available in Maspalomas, as forest fires are punishable by prison terms of one to five years and a fine for the consequent civil liabilities that may have arisen from the damage caused by the fire.