Police suspect negligence caused 230 acres of forest fire

A preliminary investigation into a fire that destroyed 230 hectares of forest in Kalajoki in northern Ostrobothnia in the summer has been completed, and police suspect that the fire originated through negligence.

"One person is suspected of negligence" detective inspector Ilkka PiispanenThe director leading the investigation told Yle. "Police did not suspect the act was intentional, but it was negligence."

Police have referred the case to the prosecutor. The suspect is the only one who has denied his involvement.

The fire raged in the forest around the village of Rauti and the town of Kalajoki for more than two weeks from late July to early August.

The fire was the second largest in Finland this decade and the worst in Northern Ostrobothnia for almost half a century.

Source: The Nordic Page


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