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MAGAWOOF; Scottish teen pals are quizzed by Majorcan police after island off Magaluf beach goes up in flames.

Byline: SALLY HIND s.hind@dailyrecord.co.uk

TWO Scots teenagers were quizzed by Spanish police after a huge blaze tore through a holiday island.

Robbie Nimmo, 17, from Falkirk, was exploring the uninhabited Isle de Sa Porrassa off Magaluf, Majorca, with a friend on Wednesday when a dropped cigarette end is thought to have sparked the fire.

Stunned holidaymakers watched from the bay as thick plumes of black smoke filled the air.

Two helicopters carrying water were called out to battle the flames which ripped through five acres of scrubland at the site known locally as black lizard island.

The pair used a rented pedalo to reach the island.

They were met by police offciers as they fled the burning island and quizzed for an hour.

But the blaze was being treated as an accident yesterday and police confirmed that the teenagers will not face charges.

Robbie, who jetted off on holiday with friends last Thursday, later appeared to confirm the pair's blunder on Twitter.

He wrote: "We were just cutting about on the hing and Callum pung his fag on the ground."

He added: "They just took our details and that haha. We got let away after about an hour."

Robbie's mum Denise, 49, was aware of the incident when we approached her at home in Falkirk yesterday, but said: "I don't want to say anything about it."

Tourists were quick to post photos and footage of the blaze on social media as it took hold and news of the incident spread home to Falkirk within minutes.

Pal Murray Gillespie tweeted: "Robbie Nimmo has not only climbed a Kelpie, he has now set a f**king island on fire in Maga."

Bagsy wrote: "Can't believe Falkirk lads burnt doon a whole island in Magaluf."

Scores of holidaymakers head to the island on boats and pedalos each day.

No one was injured in the incident but local politician Jose Manuel Ruiz tweeted his disappointment at the damage caused.

He said: "Again, it seems that the recklessness of some is costing us dearly. The island of Sa Porrassa is suffering the consequences."

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Date:Jun 26, 2015
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