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Fire photographer admits arson

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11:39 CEST+02:00
A Swedish news photographer specialized in capturing fires on film has admitted to being behind a slew of arson attacks, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The 24-year-old photographer has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

The man has been engaged for an extended period of time with Utryckning.se, a news site focusing on the work of the emergency services, and has been primarily working with fires and fire service emergencies.

"He photographed fires mostly. He was very proud over getting his pictures published. He wanted to be seen," Håkan Eriksson for the agency told the newspaper.

When a barn near a church outside of Örebro in central Sweden was destroyed by fire in July the 24-year-old was at hand to take photographs.

According to district prosecutor Karl-Erik Antonsson, the man initially gave a misleading answer over his whereabouts around the time when the fire started.

Police concluded that the fire was a case of arson and confronted the 24-year-old over their suspicions against him, after which he admitted to his involvement.

According to the police, the man has not offered up an explanation for deliberately starting the fires.

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