Police had an 18-year-old Norwegian under arrest on Friday, charged with starting a fire inside the historic Kieglekroa pub in downtown Trondheim. It was the second case of suspected arson to hit Trondheim in just two days.
The 18-year-old was seized, based on witness accounts, close to what had been Trondheim’s oldest pub, housed in a wooden building that was reduced to a charred ruin. The fire broke out around 4am Friday.
It was the latest in a series of fires in Trondheim, which police believe were set by arsonists. Anders Sunde Eidem of the Sør-Trondelag Police District told state broadcaster NRK that the suspect in custody will be questioned to see whether he had anything to do with the other fires.
Another man has been charged and was in custody this week after two fires, one at Risvollan and another at Nidarvoll in Trondheim, broke out just two days ago. They left several people homeless, but police didn’t see any immediate connection between those fires and the pub fire.
The young man now in custody has a police record, but hasn’t been involved in cases of arson previously. He was instead identified by witnesses who took contact with police. He was due for a custody hearing Friday afternoon.