On the subject of what brings more bad luck than walking under a ladder, we bring you the case of a man from Florida who caused a 700-acre forest fire after trying to burn a couple of books in his backyard.
Probably trying to reenact the Nazi Book Burning event of 1933, the man dismissed the idea that books can be sold or donated if the owner doesn’t need them, and went to his backyard for a little literary barbecue. Needless to say, that his impromptu barbecue didn’t turn out the way he expected it to be.
After a while, the Florida man saw that he could no longer control the fire, which began to engulf the nearby shrubs. As one thing leads to another, instead of enjoying his cultural bonfire, the man witnessed how the fire spreads out of control.
According to Annaleasa Winter of the Florida Forestry Service, the giant forest fire started by the Florida man devastated over 700 acres of forest. Furthermore, before the firefighters were able to put out the roaring flames, the fire already damaged two building, several houses, and destroyed approximately 20 barns and sheds.
Winter said that the firefighters were greatly aided by the weather, which stopped the fire from spreading. According to the official reports, on Wednesday the fire was 65 percent contained. However, if the weather holds, Winter and Florida’s Forestry Service predicts that the fire will be 75 percent contained.
Due to the fire’s rapid spread, the firefighters and local authorities were forced to evacuate approximately 150 residents. Winter said that the forest fire was started on Wednesday, at approximately 2 am. She also revealed that the reason why the fire spread so quickly was due to the gusts of wind.
As for the man who started the fire, the authorities said that he is now forced to pay for all the materials used to extinguish the forest fire. When approached by the authorities, the man seemed cooperative and was remorseful about what happened.
Winter declared that the man did not possess any type of permit that would allow him to burn books or other materials in his backyard. Even though the authorities have yet to finish their damage report, it would appear that the man might also be forced to pay for any and all damages produced by the fire which he started.
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