Crazy: Burning toilet paper started huge wildfire that killed a ranger
A 27-year-old German, who has been arrested on suspicion of starting a massive wildfire which engulfed a national park on the Canary Islands, has reportedly blamed the incident on an attempt to burn used #toilet paper. The blaze caused death of a park ranger and forced some 700 people to be evacuated.
The man told police that he defecated off road at the La Palma natural park and then lit the toilet paper. He reportedly had not wanted to leave the rubbish in the parkland and decided to get rid of it by setting it on fire with no intention of causing a natural disaster.
“He said that it was an accident caused when sparks from the burning toilet paper caught dry vegetation,” said an investigation source, Spanish newspaper Razon reported, according to The Local.
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The German reportedly constantly lives in a cave on the island. A Civil Guard patrol dispatched to the area detected him as he walked along the road when the forest fire alarm had already gone off.