The fire broke out in Artenara at the summit on Saturday and is still not under control, the flames and smoke in the mountain area being fueled by strong winds

Welder, 55, appears in court accused of sparking fire ripping through Gran Canaria by recklessly using machines on tinder-dry mountain

  • A man, who is Spanish, appeared in court today accused of recklessness
  • He is accused of using welding machines in Artenara when the fire broke out
  • Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes while the fire is being tackled

A 55-year-old man appeared in court and was accused of recklessness after a spark from his welding machine caused the great fire in Gran Canaria.

The fire broke out on Saturday at Artenara on the summit and is still not under control, while the flames and smoke in the mountain area are fueled by strong winds.

Approximately 1,000 people from 20 villages were evacuated from their homes on Saturday night and the authorities told more residents of at least three other villages to leave on Sunday due to the threat to their homes.

The fire broke out in Artenara at the summit on Saturday and is still not under control, the flames and smoke in the mountain area being fueled by strong winds

The fire broke out in Artenara at the summit on Saturday and is still not under control, the flames and smoke in the mountain area being fueled by strong winds

The man who appeared before the court is Spanish and lives in the top area of ​​the island, in Telde, where the fire broke out.

He is accused of using welding equipment in his house near open ground at Cruce de las Peñas and is being prosecuted for carelessness.

At least 1,000 hectares of land have been burned, despite the courageous efforts of an emergency team of 600 staff who are fighting the fire from the ground and from the air, including six helicopters.

Reinforcements have been sent from the mainland and the neighboring island of Tenerife.

At least 1,000 hectares of land have been burned, despite the courageous efforts of an emergency team of 600 personnel fighting the fire from the ground and from the air, including six helicopters

At least 1,000 hectares of land have been burned, despite the courageous efforts of an emergency team of 600 personnel fighting the fire from the ground and from the air, including six helicopters

At least 1,000 hectares of land have been burned, despite the courageous efforts of an emergency team of 600 personnel fighting the fire from the ground and from the air, including six helicopters

The city of Tejeda was evacuated last night due to the proximity of the fire and fears that the 45 mph gusts of wind would cause the flames to feature & # 39; jump & # 39;

The city of Tejeda was evacuated last night due to the proximity of the fire and fears that the 45 mph gusts of wind would cause the flames to feature & # 39; jump & # 39;

The city of Tejeda was evacuated last night due to the proximity of the fire and fears that the 45 mph gusts of wind would cause the flames to jump & # 39;

Firefighters had to dig trenches in an attempt to stop the spread of the fire and sprayed hundreds of thousands of liters of water in the countryside

Firefighters had to dig trenches in an attempt to stop the spread of the fire and sprayed hundreds of thousands of liters of water in the countryside

Firefighters had to dig trenches in an attempt to stop the spread of the fire and sprayed hundreds of thousands of liters of water in the countryside

The city of Tejeda was evacuated last night due to the proximity of the fire and fears that the 45 mph gusts of wind would cause the flames to jump & # 39;

Firefighters had to dig trenches to stop the fire from spreading and sprayed hundreds of thousands of liters of water in the countryside.

Residents who have been evacuated say they have no idea what they will find when they return to their homes. They only had a few minutes to leave and grabbed a few personal belongings, pets, and some farm animals.

A shocked villager from Artenara said: & # 39; When I saw the fire, I thought it was the end of the world. & # 39;

The Gran Canaria authorities have to provide an update later this morning.

Residents who have been evacuated say they have no idea what they will find when they return to their homes

Residents who have been evacuated say they have no idea what they will find when they return to their homes

Residents who have been evacuated say they have no idea what they will find when they return to their homes

Reinforcements have been sent from the mainland and the neighboring island of Tenerife

Reinforcements have been sent from the mainland and the neighboring island of Tenerife

Reinforcements have been sent from the mainland and the neighboring island of Tenerife

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