The firefighter was held in custody after being arrested by the Judicial Police in Coimbra on suspicion of five forest fires.

A source from the Center’s directorate told the Lusa news agency that the young man was arrested on 13th June, in compliance with a warrant issued by the Department of Investigation and Criminal Action of (DIAP) of Coimbra, and he was sentenced to pre-trial detention the following day after Judicial interrogation.

The fires were started in bush, eucalyptus and pine trees in Marmeleira, Souselas, in the municipality of Coimbra, between April 4 and May 25, and burned an area of ​​approximately 20,000 square meters.

The suspect started the fires using a direct flame (lighter) according to a statement from the PJ.

“It just did not reach higher proportions due to the prompt intervention of the firemen,” says the same source, noting that the firefighter belongs to a corporation outside the district of Coimbra.