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Police: Planned reception centre destroyed by fire, likely arson

A building of flats which was going to serve as an asylum seeker reception centre was destroyed by fire this morning in Kankaanpää, in an blaze that police say may have been deliberately set.

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A building of flats which was going to serve as an asylum seeker reception centre was destroyed by fire this morning in Kankaanpää, in a fire police say may have been deliberately set. Kankaanpää is about an hour's drive northwest from the city of Pori. Image: Katja Halinen / Yle

The wooden building, originally built in 1948, was slated to house asylum seekers as early as next week.

The fire that irreparably damaged the two-storey apartment building in Kankaanpää broke out Tuesday morning was still burning at 10 am, preventing police from beginning an investigation.

At a press conference around 10 am, police said that the destruction of the building would not prevent asylum seekers from being housed at other facilities in the area.

Kankaanpää is about an hour's drive northwest from the city of Pori.

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