GNR identifies suspect in Aljezur fire

in News · 22-06-2020 15:33:00 · 1 Comments

GNR have identified a 44-year-old man suspected of igniting the rural fire that broke out on Friday, 19 June, in Vilarinha, in the municipality of Aljezur, the police announced, saying he was the one who alerted the authorities.

“The man was carrying out fuel management work, using a machine, when the equipment started to overheat after three hours of use, causing the emission of sparks from the exhaust, starting the fire”, says the GNR in a statement.

In these circumstances, he added, “the man, who worked alone, alerted the authorities and even tried to extinguish the fire using a hose, however, given the steep slope of the terrain and the weather conditions, he was not able to extinguish it”.

The facts will be sent to the Lagos Judicial Court, informs the GNR, adding that the man was identified on Friday, 19 June, by the Faro Territorial Command, through the Environmental Protection Nucleus (NPA) of Portimão, “due to the ignition of a rural fire that started in Vilarinha, in the municipality of Aljezur”.

The fire that broke out on Friday in Aljezur, in the Algarve, was said to have subsided at 9:10am on 22 June, according to the second commander, Abel Gomes, of the Faro District Aid Operations Command (CDOS).

The fire forced the removal of people from an allotment in the neighbouring municipality of Vila do Bispo, just in case, as there was no record of burnt houses.

According to data made available on the website of the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection, at 10:30am 461 operational firefighting operations were supported by 145 land and six air means.

According to GNR, the vast majority of fires recorded in the last year originated from the performance of fuel management works, fires and the burning of exploration leftovers.

In this sense, GNR calls for the avoidance of risky behaviour in forest and agricultural areas and, in the event of a fire, to immediately call 112, transmitting succinctly and precisely the location, the estimated size and the form of access faster to the site.


Comments:

The gardener in question was not arrested and the tenant in the house did nothing when the gardener was shouting 'fire'.
I was there and am very unhappy with how the GNR dealt with the crime.

By Anonymous from Algarve on 24-06-2020 08:27
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