Copenhagen police say Freedom Museum fire was arson

house fire bigCopenhagen police say a recent fire at the Danish capital city’s Freedom Museum was a deliberate arson act, but are still investigating the cause of the fire, which began in two different locations on 27 April.

Police investigation head Bertel Hejlesen said during a Ritzau interview, “The two sources of the fire are some way away from each other. Fires were simply lit in two places.”

Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet reported some kind of fuel was used to ignite both fires. One fire began on the terrace towards the Freedom Museum café, while the other broke out in a mobile lavatory next to the wooden building. The two fire locations were about 10m apart, and two thirds of the museum’s wooden building was estimated to be damaged during the fire.

Fire and rescue authorities were, however, able to save all of the museum’s exhibits and other contents, which will likely have to be moved to a new location. The Freedom Museum focuses on Denmark’s resistance movement during the WWII occupation of the country.

Anyone who saw or heard anything unusual near the Freedom Museum on the night of 27 April are asked to contact the police department of Denmark’s national capital.