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Arsonist Responsible for Sandgerdi Fire?

Police suspect that someone set the old fishmeal factory in Sandgerdi, in Iceland’s southwestern region of Sudurnes, on fire on Tuesday night. The source of the fire remains unknown but police have ruled out common fire starters, such as electricity.

Sandgerdi. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The Capital Region’s forensics department has been called in to assist with the investigation of the fire, Morgunbladid reports.

The fire spread from a fiber plastic boat which stood in the center of the factory floor. The building suffered significant smoke damage and girders in the roof are considered irreparable.

There have been unusually many fires in Sudurnes in the past two years. For example, the fish processing plant Skinnfiskur caught fire in mid-February.

Police believe an arsonist may be responsible for some of these fires and are on the alert. However, not all fires have the same characteristics and it is therefore possible that more than one arsonist is on the loose.

Click here to read about other recent fires in the region.

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