Arsonist started fires so he could be a hero
Police on the Costa del Sol arrested a man who deliberately started eight fires along the coastline so he could become a hero by helping to combat the blaze afterwards!
The arsonist went on a fire-raising spree for eight weeks this summer, choosing diffferent locations in the holiday resort of Mijas, near Marbella.
He was arrested as he tackled the final blaze in the prestigious area of Loma del Flamenco.
Police say he started the fires by using something hot to ignite shrubland or simply throwing down a lighted cigarette. He then walked away but always returned shortly after to join in the fire-fighting operation and was present at all eight fires.
The fires were started in Mijas between May 28th and July 13th, by which time the authorities had become suspicious and kept watch. On two separate days, he started two fires.
The Loma del Flamenco fire destroyed an area of 6.25 hectares and nearly spread to luxury homes.
“Luckily, it was controlled thanks to the rapid and effective intervention of emer-gency team,” said a spokes-man for the Andalusian gover-nment.
Fire experts discovered it had been caused on purpose using a gas burner or some-thing similar.
“The detainee’s modus operandi was to cause the fires by direct application of a heat source, or by leaving a lit cigarette on thin, dry grass, “ said the spokesman. “Subse-quently, the alleged arsonist left the scene but returned once the emergency services were there, collaborate with them by grabbing a hose.”
Since the man’s arrest, there have been no interna-tional fires in Mijas.