German Canaries blaze suspect remanded
AFP · 7 Aug 2016, 09:38
Published: 07 Aug 2016 09:38 GMT+02:00
- More than 2,500 forced from homes in La Palma wildfire (05 Aug 16)
- German firestarter blames blaze on 'toilet paper mishap' (04 Aug 16)
- Hundreds evacuated as forest fire rages on Canary Island (04 Aug 16)
The blaze, which has torn through a wooded, mountainous area of La Palma, one of the lesser-known islands of the Spanish archipelago off the coast of Africa, claimed the life of a park ranger shortly after it was started on Wednesday.
Around 2,500 people have been evacuated from their homes to escape the fire, which the 27-year-old told police he had sparked accidentally.
"The person suspected of having provoked the fire on the island of La Palma, Scott Verdini Stump, will be remanded in custody," said a spokesman for the Canaries' High Court, Gonzalo Perez Ponferrada.
He said the suspect was "being investigated for causing a forest fire through gross negligence".
More than 350 people have been battling the blaze around the clock.
A dozen helicopters and planes have also been dropping water above the affected area which continues to burn.
Married father-of-five Francisco Jose Santana died battling the flames overnight on Wednesday.