A volunteer firefighter is arrested in Chile as allegedly accountable for the fires that left greater than 130 lifeless | EUROtoday

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The Investigative Police (PDI) of Chile arrested a suspect on Friday for his alleged duty within the hearth that left 137 lifeless and about 16,000 affected in tourism Valparaso area, within the middle of the nation.

The basic director of the establishment, Eduardo Cerna, indicated in a press convention that the person was arrested within the commune of Valparaso and that the investigations proceed, since The participation of different people shouldn’t be dominated out.

He didn’t provide particulars concerning the detainee or his identification.

However, the superintendent of Fire Department in Valparaso, Juan Paredes, talked about in statements to the press that the suspect is a 22-year-old man who acts as a volunteer firefighter.

For his half, the commander of the realm's Fire Department, Vicente Maggiolo, He mentioned that the company is “devastated” and described the incident as “a completely isolated event” that “does not tarnish” the establishment.

When requested concerning the which means of the information {that a} volunteer firefighter is concerned within the hearth, Maggiolo referred to as it a “terrible” occasion in a company with greater than 170 years on the service of Valparaso.

The megafire, which additionally left greater than 10,000 houses destroyed, It began final February 2 within the nature reserve Peuelas Lake, within the middle of Chile, and for a number of days it burned numerous communes in what’s already thought-about the worst tragedy within the nation because the 8.8 magnitude earthquake of February 27, 2010 which prompted the loss of life of greater than 500 folks.

From the start, the authorities indicated that they suspected that the fires have been intentional, since they discovered indicators of gasoline and paraffin within the environment of the hearth sources.

According to the director of the Chilean PDI, the arrest is the results of investigative work, meticulous work on the bottom and the alternate of knowledge over a number of months.

The procedures carried out, Cerna assured earlier than the press along with the Minister of the Interior and Security, Carolina Toh, y al Attorney General, Ángel Valencia, allowed “to obtain the arrest warrant for the author of the fires that occurred in the month of February in the Valparaso region, with results that we all know and that cost the lives of more than 130 people.”

the flames They destroyed virtually 9,000 hectares within the area, probably the most visited within the Andean nation, of which about 4,200 correspond to native forest. They devoured giant elements of the communes of Valparaso, Via del Mar, Quilpu and Villa Alemana.