Florida Man's Book Burning Sparks Wildfire, Destroys Homes
A Florida man's illegal burning of paperback books sparked a wildfire that quickly spread across 400 acres of land, damaging or destroying as many as 15 homes and forcing residents to evacuate in the northeastern part of the state, officials said on Thursday. The blaze started on Wednesday afternoon after the unidentified man burned books and magazines outside his home near Bryceville, about 20 miles west of Jacksonville, Florida. Dusty winds blew paper away from the initial burn site. Firefighters initially were able to contain about five acres of flames, but strong winds caused the inferno to spiral out of control. The man accused of starting the fire was cited for an illegal burn but not charged with a crime. Up to 200 residents were asked to evacuate their homes and stay at nearby shelters.
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