Three suspected arsonists arrested after forest fire on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Three youths have been arrested in connection with a forest fire in Murcia’s El Menjú de Cieza.

THEY are accused of deliberately starting a fire in mid-June which destroyed 2,000 sqm of forest and 400 sqm of agricultural land.

The blaze occurred in a forest plot in El Menjú, a recreational area on the right bank of the river Segura which is frequently used by walkers as the path links Abarán and Cieza.

After burning pine, brush and other native species, the flames spread into agricultural land and several helicopters and fire units were mobilised.

Officers from the Guardia Civil’s Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) and the Environmental Crimes Investigation Brigade (BRIDA) of the CARM, carried out an ‘exhaustive ocular inspection’ in the areas where both fires started, and established they had been set intentionally.

Witnesses reported seeing several young people away from the scene and after police investigations, three minors have been charged with the crimes of arson and fire damage.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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