47-year-old man arrested for starting 13 fires in Slagelse

The man has now been charged and is awaiting trial

A 47-year-old man has been charged with 13 cases of arson in Slagelse and the surrounding area by South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police.

The man is believed to be responsible for a series of fires that had created fear and insecurity among the area’s citizens earlier in the month, leading the police to deploy extra patrols in and around Slagelse.

Remanded until 11 August
The man was arrested in Slagelse on Wednesday, police told TV2. He was then charged under Section 181 of the Criminal Code and, after a hearing, he has been remanded in custody until August 11.

The police have not yet disclosed what information led them to the suspect. Prosecutor Mariam Khalil, however, told TV2 that several pieces of evidence were discovered at the man’s place of residence, which is located in proximity to where several of the fires took place.