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Teenager Confesses to Arson in Westman Islands

A 14-year-old boy confessed yesterday to having ignited a fire that damaged two vehicles beyond repair in the Westman Islands south of Iceland the night before. He also confessed to having killed fish in tanks in the newly opened Vigtartorg square.

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Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The local fire department was quick to extinguish the fire, which started in a truck parked in an alley. It turned out that another car was stored inside it and both vehicles had been destroyed. A carpenter’s repair shop nearby also suffered damages in the fire, Morgunblaðið reports.

Suspicion of arson arose immediately and the local police were assisted by the Reykjavík forensics department and Selfoss investigative department.

A total of 162 fires have occurred in the Westman Islands since 2000, 63 of which have been registered as arsons. A total of 26 fires and 25 arsons are unresolved.

Seventeen of these fires caused significant damages and the source of seven of them are considered to be arson, five of which have been resolved.

Click here to read more about the Westman Islands arsons.

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