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Last month, a wildfire erupted through a small town in Canada, consuming almost every building in its path. Two residents lost their lives in the blaze, with the area absolutely ravaged.
However, there's always someone who wants to find something sinister behind tragedy, and it seems conspiracy theorists have claimed the fire was caused by a huge laser.
The fire began on 30 June in Lytton, British Columbia, and all that remains are burnt-out vehicles and a blackened area of 9000 square feet.
The incident occurred a few days after Lytton broke Canada's record for the highest temperature over a three-day period, reaching highs of 121.1F (49.5C).
Some have suggested the fire could have started as the result of flames from a passing train, not helped by bone-dry forests as a result of the heatwave.
However, conspiracy theorists have since made their way into the north east of Vancouver in order to come up with their own explanations as to why the incident occurred.
Despite the senseless loss of members of the town's community, along with the immense destruction caused, one man chose to broadcast his unique views on Facebook Live - specifically, that the fire had been caused by a giant laser.
As reported by VICE, the man - who refers to himself as Kyle Cardinal - is said to be a relatively well-known person in the Canadian conspiracy community.
Kyle streamed himself sneaking into the small town and said he found it suspicious how some trees were destroyed by the fire, while others didn't burn.
Some of the burned-out cars, he added, 'aren't really flammable'.
He said: "That tree still has leaves on it, those cherries might actually be tasty."
After rushing towards the cherry tree, he stated the fruit did 'not look tasty' and therefore was unable to support his cause.
Kyle is one of several conspiracy theorists to have travelled to the area to look for evidence.
According to reports, some have even attempted to interview those who have evacuated their homes in attempt to back up laser-based claims.
However, Kyle said that he tried to help locals who were in need of aid and would simply 'burn' any fines that might of come his way.
Since then, the video has been taken down with the bearded man apologising for not dealing with the situation 'respectfully'.
The strange theory that lasers - space lasers, no less - cause wildfires has been around since at least 2018 and has been a popular topic on the more suspicious corners of the internet ever since.
It surfaced that year when a link was made to the California fire that killed 85 people in the town of Camp. The bushfires in Australia in 2019 and 2020 were also linked to the theory.
A spokeswoman for the British Columbia Wildfire Service told VICE that she was aware of the conspiracy theories in regard with the Lytton blaze. She said it was quite common for fires to strike randomly, which can leave some areas untouched while others may be burned down.
The authorities are yet to confirm what started the wildfire.
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