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Police: Freedom Museum fire was arson

The fire at Copenhagen’s Freedom Museum was a deliberate act of arson, according to the police.

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Police investigations into a fire which gutted the Freedom Museum in Copenhagen on Saturday night have revealed that the fire was an act of arson.

The head of the police investigation Bertel Hejlesen says that the fire was started in two places.

“The two sources of the fire are some way away from each other. Fires were simply lit in two places,” Hejlesen tells Ritzau.

The Freedom Museum documents Denmark’s occupation during World War II. Although the fire gutted the wooden building, quick work by the fire and rescue authorities saved all of the contents of the museum intact.

According to Ekstra Bladet some sort of fuel was used to light fires in both places – one by a mobile lavatory placed against the building and the other on the terrace leading to the museum café.

“There are about 10 metres between the two places and the fire took hold of the wooden façade of the building.

Copenhagen Police are calling for information from members of the public who may have seen or heard anything in the vicinity of the museum on Saturday night.

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Edited by Julian Isherwood

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