Domenica, 24 Marzo 2019
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Setter of Sicily mystery fires arrested


Messina, March 5 - Italian police on Thursday
arrested a man in a village near Messina in Sicily suspected of
setting a string of mysterious fires to get government aid.
Giuseppe Pezzino, 26, was arrested for allegedly starting
the blazes that have baffled locals since 2004 with the help of
his father, who was placed under investigation.
Pezzino was first placed under investigation in October
when Carabinieri paramilitary police searched 11 homes and
several vehicles in the hamlet of Canneto di Caronia, where
cases of apparent spontaneous combustion have been dumbfounding
residents and experts alike for more than 10 years.
Giuseppe Pezzino, 25, was probed in connection with
incidents that took place between July and October last year,
police said.
He allegedly set fire to home appliances in an apparent
attempt to have them billed as unexplained phenomena that
qualified for cash aid, authorities said.
The local mayor remained unconvinced that a human being
might well be behind the mysterious fires that have been
plaguing his hamlet.
"I myself, along with law enforcement and national
journalists, have seen objects burst into flames out of
nowhere," said Mayor Calogero Beringheli.
Beginning in February 2004, items ranging from air
conditioning units, fuse boxes, refrigerators and washing
machines to microwave ovens and a car appear to have gone up in
spontaneous combustion.
Canneto, which consists of a single street positioned
between a railway line and the sea, was evacuated in March 2004
after a spate of blazes.
After months of inconclusive tests by scientists,
authorities allowed residents to return to their homes.
The fires then resumed when three electrical sockets
caught fire.
Villagers watched as geologists, electricians, telephone
technicians and police investigators played cat-and-mouse with
the mysterious phenomena.
The dozens of scientists and researchers brought in to
explain the fires - apparently caused by sudden rushes of
electrical power - never managed to witness an outbreak as it
happened and to monitor it.
At one stage in the 2004 inquiries, an engineer said Max
Planck's quantum theory and Albert Einstein's photon theory were
implicated in an underground energy accumulation that had been
channelled upwards via a network of wires to cause the
"spontaneous combustion."

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