A man in his late forties or early fifties has confessed to setting a house on Tryggvagata in central Reykjavík on fire last week. His custody sentence was supposed to expire yesterday, but was extended until February 16.
The Capital Region Police Force argued that because of public interest it had not been safe to release the arsonist, Morgunbladid reports.
A number of people lived in the house that the man set on fire. No one was injured but the building is severely damaged.
The man started the fire by throwing a burning cigarette on the floor after having doused the surface with a flammable liquid.
The man was arrested 40 minutes after the fire started. His wife had often talked of his threats to burn the house down.
Click here to read about another recent fire in Reykjavík.