‘Rampaging’ man sets fire to his home

Dozens of police and fire fighters descended on a rural village in the canton of Bern at the weekend to deal with a man who threatened to blow up his apartment.

A 48-year-old man described as “rampaging” by cantonal police waved a bottle of gas from a first-floor balcony after firing up a chainsaw and damaging the interior of his home in Seftigen on Saturday afternoon.

Officers evacuated neighbours from four homes for safety reasons before the man set fire to his apartment, police said on Sunday.

He was eventually arrested and no-one was injured in the incident, police said.

The suspect, apparently suffering from mental problems, was taken to a special institute for observation.

Police said they found canisters of gas, jerry cans of petrol and a chainsaw in the badly damaged apartment.

A total of 37 fire fighters ensured the fire did not spread, and damage to the apartment building was limited.

Evacuated neighbours returned to their homes by Saturday evening.

The regional prosecutor has launched an investigation into the matter.

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Man dies in car fire at Jura petrol station on New Year’s Eve

Police in the canton of Jura are investigating why a vehicle caught fire at a petrol station in the village of Breuleux on Sunday morning, killing the driver.

Man dies in car fire at Jura petrol station on New Year’s Eve
Photo: Jura police
Given the size of the fire and the fact it took place in a petrol station, a large team of 30 firefighters and eight fire engines was sent to tackle the blaze, police said in a statement.
Residents of four nearby apartment blocks were evacuated and one elderly person in shock received medical attention. 
Firefighters were unable to save the driver of the car, who was found dead inside the vehicle. 
According to Le Matin, the victim was a local musician and guitar teacher who was due to perform during the New Year’s Eve event of a local restaurant later that day.
Investigations are ongoing to determine why the car – a hybrid Toyota, according to the paper – burst into flames.