What in the blazes?
‘Demon’ fires vanish

By WND Staff

The residents of a small Sicilian village are finally back, and this time, they hope the demons are gone for good.

Since the beginning of this year, the people of Canneto di Caronia have been mystified by strange, spontaneous fires erupting from appliances all over the village, prompting an emergency to be declared and many locals evacuated.

Some residents of Canneto di Caronia blame the devil for sparking mysterious fires

“We cannot risk a tragedy through these fires,” mayor Pedro Spinnato told the Scotsman back in January, “so I have no other option but to evacuate the village. We have had electrical engineers in to examine cables and wires but they can find no explanation. It is not just electrical items, furniture is also catching fire for no reason. Already people are blaming the events on evil spirits and I am being asked to get the local priest to perform an exorcism.”

The fires continued through the spring, and the country’s electric company finally cut all power to the village while scientists tried to determine the cause.

The village has since replaced and grounded its wiring, and the bizarre blazes appear to have ceased – at least for now – though experts can’t explain why.

“It is not certain that the fires are finished forever,” Tullio Martella, the head of Sicily’s Civil Protection Agency told the New York Times. “They were episodic to begin with.”

Nino Pezzino was among the first to experience the “hellfire” two days before last Christmas, when his television set suddenly burst into flames.

“I’m Catholic. I believe in the devil. I don’t know why the devil is here,” he told the Times. “Maybe the problem we’re dealing with is technology, but it’s not Earth-bound technology.”

“If it happens again, I’m bringing in the exorcist,” he added.

In fact, as WorldNetDaily previously reported, a Catholic exorcist was consulted about the phenomenon. Gabriele Amorth, told the Italian newspaper Il Messagero, “I’ve seen things like this before.”

“Demons occupy a house and appear in electrical goods,” he said. “… Let’s not forget that Satan and his followers have immense powers.”

In cases of demon behavior, the Vatican expert said, “it is normal for domestic appliances to be involved and for demons [to] make their presence known via electricity.”

Now that the fires seem to have simmered down, experts are only left with educated guesses and no solid answers.

One hypothesis is that high pressure from under the land’s crust caused underground shifts which released electrical energy near the village. Supercharged ions may then have sparked the fires once meeting up with electronic devices in the homes.

But Martella told the New York Times it could just as easily be some unexplainable atmospheric issue.

“The cause of the fires seems to have been static electric charges,” he said. “What we don’t understand is why there were these static electric charges.”

Gianfranco Allegra of the Italian Center for Electro-Technical Experimentation in Milan was even more clueless.

“No one knows what the cause of these fires are,” he told the Times. “They are inexplicable.”

Regarding the possibility of an exorcism if the fires flare up again, Pezzino told the Times it would not be done in jest.

“If we’re going to do it, we have to do it right,” he said. “In order to do it, you need a sacrifice for the immortal gods, like a black goat or a black sheep. You have to dig a hole into the ground, because this is serious.”

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