Man sentenced to 6 years in prison for causing fire in northeast China

2019-12-16 06:38:50 GMT2019-12-16 14:38:50(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SHENYANG, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- A man has been sentenced to six years in prison for causing a forest fire in northeast China.

The verdict was given by a court in the city of Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

On April 17, the man, Zhang Zhenhe used a lighter to burn cornstalks to clear the land in a fire-prone area in Hunnan District. The flame was blown by the wind into nearby hay and caused a forest fire.

The fire damaged over 827 hectares of forests and caused a direct economic loss of over 24.6 million yuan (about 3.5 million U.S. dollars). More than 10,000 nearby residents were evacuated.

The court made the above judgment given that Zhang's negligence caused heavy losses to public and private property.