Video: Unknown Person Setting Dry Grass on Fire in Italy
© REUTERS / ROBERTO VIGLIANISIA man walks in front of a fire at Le Capannine beach in Catania, Sicily, Italy, July 30, 2021, in this photo obtained from social media on July 31, 2021
© REUTERS / ROBERTO VIGLIANISI
Unprecedented hot weather in the Mediterranean region has plunged some countries into uncontrolled wildfires that have destroyed numerous hectares of forests and some residential areas. Italy has been struggling with fires over the two last weeks.
Italian polic released a video from CCTV cameras, showing a man starting a fire in the countryside near Montesarchio, a town 31 miles (49km) from Naples.
The arsonist took out a match, lighted it and threw it into the dry roadside grass, igniting a fire seconds later. The man was arrested, according to the Guardian.
In recent days, dozens of local fires have been reported in the Apennines, mostly in the southern regions, including Sardinia, Sicily, Calabria and Puglia, on the coast of the Apennine Peninsula. The situation is most critical in the city of Catania, particularly affected by a fire that completely destroyed several areas in its southern part and prompted authorities to suspend flights from the local airport.