Arsonist confesses to lighting fires in the Peloponnese


An unnamed name has confessed to lighting fires in different parts of Messinia in the southwestern Peloponnese and was remanded in custody on Monday.

The 30-year-old man, a resident of the area, has allegedly confessed to deliberately setting several fires – some highly destructive – and was questioned last week by Fire Service investigators and arrested over the weekend in connection with a blaze in the village of Iamia last Wednesday.

He reportedly went on to confess to setting another fire the day before, which burned 3 hectares of land, as well as a blaze in Chrysokellaria in June last year that razed 250 hectares of mostly farmland and a big fire in Vasilitsi in 2021 that destroyed 400 hectares, as well as 22 houses and farms.

The suspect did not appear to provide a motive for his actions.

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