Man sets fire to flat after girlfriend dumps him

Bavarian police have arrested a man who set his apartment on fire after his girlfriend broke up with him. He jumped straight into a taxi to the airport after the blaze began.

Man sets fire to flat after girlfriend dumps him
The flat in the Munich suburb was set on fire after the man argued with his girlfriend. Photo: Foto Branddirektion M√ľnchen

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The 24-year-old Munich man was arrested by the city's airport police on December 30th. It is not clear if he was intending to board a flight, as he was arrested while sitting in one of the airport restaurants.

He was kept in custody on New Year's Day and police said in a statement on January 1st that the man had admitted to arson.

"The motive for his act was relationship problems," the statement said. 

Alarmed neighbours also living in the building in Neuaubing, a suburb the Bavarian capital noticed a burning smell at 8pm and called the police.

Everyone managed to get out and no-one was injured.

Damages are thought to amount to around €40,000 and the burnt-out building is inhabitable.

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