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Norway: Body found in burnt house

Posted by African Press International on April 6, 2007

*”Investigators found a body in the scorched ruins of a building that burned to the ground over the weekend. It’s believed to be the remains of a young woman missing after the fire broke out.

Friends of Monica Mørch Røysland gathered outside the burned-out building where she was last seen in Holmestrand.

PHOTO: HANS O. TORGERSEN

Around 45 friends of the missing woman, 20-year-old Monica Mørch Røysland, gathered outside the building in Holmestrand on Monday, to light candles and lay down flowers.

Røysland, from the small town of Skoppum, was among those inside the three-story structure in central Holmestrand when fire broke out about 5am Sunday.

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man and charged him with arson with intent to endanger human life (mordbrann). It’s been reported that the suspect was denied access to a late-night party inside the building, and set the fire in an act of revenge.

He denies the charges again him, however, and was expected to plead not guilty at a custody hearing on Tuesday, according to his defense attorney.

Nine people including an 86-year-old woman were rescued from the inferno, and taken to hospital in Tønsberg for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.”*

*”/”*Lifted by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.aftenpostenENG

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