The Judiciary Police announced on Friday the arrest of a 46-year-old man suspected of having committed a forest fire crime on Tuesday 18th April 2017 in Barcelos.

In a statement, the PJ says that the man “has a criminal record for identical facts.”

According to police, the man whilst under the influence of alcohol started the fire “using a lighter, in a wood near his residence, also in the vicinity of other dwellings.”

The flames, according to the PJ, only did not reach greater proportions “due to the rapid intervention of the firemen”.