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Arsonist on the loose in Westmann Islands?

By Iceland Review

A cistern at a fishmeal factory caught fire in the Westmann Islands south of Iceland on Saturday night. Other fires have been reported on the Islands in the last few days.

Local detective Tryggvi Kr. Ólafsson believes the cistern fire was intentional and that an arsonist might be on the loose in the Vestmann Islands. Fréttabladid reports.

Five tons of acetic acid were stored in the cistern that caught fire on Saturday night. Eight specialists from Reykjavík Fire Department were flown to the scene to prevent a chemical accident.

Fire fighters and members of the local rescue team managed to extinguish the fire after two hours. During the fire, people were asked to stay inside out of danger of inhaling chemical fumes.

A specialist from the Reykjavík Police Department is investigating the source of the fire, which has, at this point, not officially been connected with the other recent fires in the Westmann Islands.

Garbage outside another fish factory in the area caught fire on Saturday night and a building in the area has repeatedly caught fire in the last few days.

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