Fires set by lost man to keep warm caused forest fires: RCMP

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A patch of trees go up in flames in a forest fire just outside Happy Valley-Goose Bay Tuesday night. — Photo by Derek Montague/TC Media

A 19-year-old Sheshatshiu man lost in the area of two separate forest fires Tuesday night in Labrador was arrested when found and charged with possession of stolen property.

Further investigation revealed, the RCMP says, that the forest fires developed from two separate fires the accused — who police say was intoxicated — had lit to keep warm.

The RCMP in Happy Valley/Goose Bay were alerted about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday to two separate forest fires burning within the municipal boundary.

At the same time, a call was received from the accused who said he was lost and needed help.

The Happy Valley-Goose Bay Ground Search and Rescue team was activated and located the accused near the fire area, where he was arrested.

The Department of Natural Resources was on the scene this morning with a water bomber and both fires are being fought today and considered contained.

The accused is expected in provincial court this afternoon to face the possession of stolen property charge, and several breaches of court orders and theft charges.

No criminal charges in relation to the fires are anticipated, however, the case is still under investigation.

Organizations: RCMP, Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Labrador, Goose Bay

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  • hua mulan
    June 13, 2013 - 05:08

    a conversation heard by a court reporter ... hff, hyour honour, what a drunk, I can't remember a ting, except I was sooo cold, cold doesn't describe it, then suddenly it got warm and summery.... twice.