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Dozens flee raging Argentina wildfires ‘started by man making coffee’

18:24, Thursday, 12 October, 2023
Dozens flee raging Argentina wildfires ‘started by man making coffee’

A man has been arrested after he was believed to be behind wildfires engulfing a region in Argentina this week.

A 27-year-old who has been detained said that he started a campfire to make coffee and lost control of the flames, according to local media citing prosecutor Jorgelina Gomez.

The fire started in the Argentina’s central Cordoba province on Monday amid a heatwave in the Punilla region.

A total of five active wildfires were in the province, the scene which saw the help of 960 firefighters, eight firefighting planes and two helicopters.

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