CHINA Boy suspected of starting forest fire in southwest China: police

CHINA

Boy suspected of starting forest fire in southwest China: police

Global Times

02:38, April 14, 2020

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Photo taken on March 30, 2020 shows forest fire in Muli County, southwest China's Sichuan Province. (Photo: Xinhua) 

The forest fire that recently scorched about 270 hectares in southwest China's Sichuan Province might have been accidentally started by a boy with a lighter, local authorities said Sunday.

At around 2:00 p.m. on March 28, an 11-year-old boy in Muli County under Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture used a lighter to ignite pine needles and branches to smoke a squirrel out of a hole, said the police.

The fire began to spread and finally broke out at 7:30 p.m. The provincial forest fire brigade sent over 600 professional firefighters to aid the local efforts.

The fire was put out on April 6.


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