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Suspect denies involvement in Eskilstuna hotel fire

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08:15 CET+01:00
The 37-year-old man arrested for his suspected role a starting a fire which consumed part of an Eskilstuna hotel on Wednesday has denied any wrongdoing.

"Now we've set up an action plan for how we'll proceed. There won't be any detention hearing today, in any case," said Södermanland county police spokesperson Svante Melin to the TT news agency.

Police in Eskilstuna arrested the man on Thursday afternoon believing he was involved in setting the fire which broke out at the Quality Hotel Statt.

The man is suspected of aggravated arson and is being held on probable cause for his involvement in the crime.

The arrest was uneventful and came after people recognized the man from surveillance camera pictures published in newspapers and broadcast on television.

“We think we've got the right person,” said Södermanland county police spokesperson Svante Melin to the TT news agency.

The 37-year-old resides in the Eskilstuna area and has had previous brushes with the law for various petty crimes.

The man's attorney Lars-Åke Chorell remained tight lipped about his client's position.

"He denies the crime. That's all I can say at this time," he told TT.

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