A man in his 50s was arrested for setting fires in the Cheonggyecheon area in the early morning of the 22nd, Lunar New Year's Day.

Hyehwa Police Station in Seoul said today (24th) that it has arrested a man in his 50s who intentionally set fire to four places in the Cheonggyecheon area.

Mr. A is accused of intentionally setting fire to four places, including a residential area near Sindang Station in Jung-gu, Seoul, in front of a shopping mall in Hwanghak-dong, a building in Changsin-dong, Jongno-gu, and an alley in Sungin-dong, between 1:00 and 3:00 am on the 22nd, the day of the Lunar New Year's Day.

Fortunately, he suffered no casualties.

Initially, the number of fires reported to the fire department was three, but during the police investigation, it was investigated that there was one more arson.

Mr. A set fire and moved to the subway, and was arrested by the police in Banghwa-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul at around 5 pm on the same day.

In a police investigation, Mr. A is known to have stated the motive for the crime, saying, "I tried to run a street vendor near Cheonggyecheon in the past, but I did not receive help from the residents."

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