Chile arrests firefighter for blaze that killed 137

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Chilean authorities arrest a firefighter in connection with a devastating blaze that claimed 137 lives. Read more about the investigation

Chilean Authorities Arrest Two Men Suspected of Starting Deadly Valparaíso Fire

 

Chile arrests firefighter for blaze that killed 137

Chilean authorities have arrested a firefighter and a forestry worker on suspicion of starting the devastating fire that killed at least 137 people in February. The arrests mark a significant development in the investigation of the country's deadliest fire, which ravaged the Valparaíso region, situated over 122 km (75 miles) from the capital, Santiago.

 

One of the suspects was employed by the National Forestry Corporation, which is responsible for combating forest fires, police director Eduardo Cerna confirmed. Both men have been charged with arson resulting in death and have been remanded in custody.

 

The fire, which broke out in February, was a catastrophic event for the Valparaíso region, particularly affecting Vina del Mar, a popular holiday destination. Drone footage released at the time captured the extensive damage and devastation caused by the blaze.

 

Officials allege that several fires were started simultaneously. The combination of high temperatures and strong winds exacerbated the situation, causing the flames to spread rapidly. Over 16,000 people were affected, with many losing their homes and livelihoods.

 

Vicente Maggiolo, commander of the 13th Fire Company in Valparaíso, expressed his dismay at the involvement of a firefighter in the incident. "We are completely devastated by what happened. It is a totally isolated incident. We have served Valparaíso for more than 170 years and cannot allow such things," Maggiolo told local media.

 

Prosecutor Osvaldo Ossandón provided further details on the investigation, noting that there were approximately four separate fire outbreaks, equidistant from each other. Materials believed to have been used to start the fires were discovered in the home of one of the suspects. Investigators are also exploring potential links to other arson attacks in the region.

 

The arrests bring a new focus on the causes behind the tragic fire, as authorities continue to scrutinize the circumstances and motivations behind the arson. The Valparaíso fire remains a somber chapter in Chile's recent history, with the ongoing investigation aiming to bring justice to those affected by the disaster.


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