'Toilet paper' fire spreads in Spain

2016-08-06 17:44
A group of Forest Fire Brigades point to a fire approaching the village of Fuencaliente on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma. (Desiree Martin, AFP)

A group of Forest Fire Brigades point to a fire approaching the village of Fuencaliente on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma. (Desiree Martin, AFP)

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Madrid - Spanish authorities a forest fire started by a German burning his soiled toilet paper continues to spread in La Palma in the Canary Islands.

Spain's acting minister of agriculture and the environment, Isabel Garcia Tejerina, said that the blaze had consumed between

3 500 to 4 000ha of forest, up from the 2 000ha destroyed to Friday.

The fire claimed the life of one forest worker on Thursday and has caused the evacuation of 2 500 people from three towns on the volcanic island located off the northwest coast of Africa.

A 27-year-old German man admitted to police on Friday that he had started the fire accidentally by burning some toilet paper.

Over 350 firefighters are working to control the flames.

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