French firefighters battle major blaze sparked by cigarette butt

Firefighters battle major blaze in the south of France started by cigarette butt

The fire (stock photo) stretched to cover 800 hectares (Credit: Twitter @Limportant_fr)

Monday, July 17, 2017

French emergency services worked overnight on Sunday to contain a deadly fire in the south of France. 

The blaze began in the area surrounding the town of Saint-Cannat, near to Aix-en-Provence. The source was reported to be a cigarete butt. 

Roughly 800 firefighters were mobilised to fight the flames, and there were a total of 200 machines commissioned to protect vulnerable houses.

Air support to extract firefighters and extinguish flames was summoned, and it remains in place on Monday.

While the fire stretched to cover 800 hectares of land, there were no reported casualities.