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Arsonist confesses to setting string of fires

Date Posted: 2009-09-24

Nearly a dozen residential fires in Urasoe City early this year have kept police and fire investigators busy, and now theyíve a suspect in custody.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the January, April and May fires, and heís doing a lot of talking. Masato Chinen has confessed to six fires during interrogation, and the Urasoe Fire Station thinks he may have been involved in a few more. Heís admitted to starting a fire in Urasoe City, two in the Yafuso area, including one that killed two people, and other fires in the Gusukuma area, Miyagi, Nakanishi and Serikyaku.

Chinenís confession is being studied closely by interrogators and investigators. They hope to link Chinenís arson activities to at least four other cases of arson in Urasoe Cityís jurisdiction this year.

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