Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Man charged with starting blaze that killed five firefighters

Police in the United States have charged a 36-year-old man with starting a massive wildfire that killed five firefighters in California last week.

Raymond Lee Oyler is accused of murder and arson and could face the death penalty if found guilty of the charges.

The blaze, which started last Thursday, destroyed thirty-four homes and burned through more than 40,000 acres of forest before eventually being brought under control.

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