WATCH: Teen arrested on suspicion of burning down nature centre in Spain

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BLAZE: Winds accelerated the fire causing €300,000 worth of damage Photo Credit: @AlbumGasp via Twitter

A TEENAGER has been arrested on suspicion of setting fire to the Centre of Nature and the Coast ‘The Chameleon’ in Chipiona, Cadiz, causing more than €300,000 worth of damage.

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The 17-year-old is accused of setting light to a plastic bottle, which fell onto the grass in strong winds, which accelerated the flames.

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The fire spread through and destroyed 5,000 square metres of broom where the protected species of chameleon live and reproduce.

A large part of the Facilities of Interpretation Centre itself was also gutted in the blaze.

A spokesperson for the Guardia Civil, said neighbours have been complaining about vandalism in the area for some time, as well as drug use.


There is no information to suggest the suspect is involved in previous offences.

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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