Forty-two people died in the forest fires near Haifa in Israel. Photograph: Rex Features
Israel forest fire inquiry sees police arrest 14-year-old boy
Youth tells police he set fire by accident while smoking a hookah pipe in the forest, a blaze that killed 42 people
by Harriet Sherwood
Israeli police say they have arrested the "prime suspect" in the nation's worst wildfire – a 14-year-old boy who says the blaze was an accident.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the boy, who was arrested yesterday, told them he had been smoking a hookah last Thursday and threw some burning coals into an open area in the Carmel forest.Rosenfeld says the boy told police he panicked, fled the scene and returned to school without telling anyone as the fire quickly spread through the forest. Rosenfeld would not say how police found the boy, or whether he was connected to other suspects. Police have two other youths under house arrest.
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