Fire swept through residential care center

One patient was reported missing after fire broke out in a residential care center in Kongsberg during the night. All 23 living units were evacuated but one resident was missing. A total of 22 people, some of them with mobility problems, were rescued from the fire that’s believed to have begun in one of the […]

Two found dead after fire at metals firm

An explosive fire swept through a metals firm at Eina in Toten, Oppland County, Friday morning. Four workers were on the job when the fire broke out at around 6:20am, and two of them failed to escape the inferno. State broadcaster NRK reported they were initially declared missing, but the bodies of a man in […]

Ferry fire survivors disappointed again

One of the passengers who survived a fire onboard the car-and passenger ferry Scandinavian Star 27 years ago was among those disappointed again by the latest report on the blaze that killed 159 others. It concluded that there was no evidence of sabotage or arson that was economically motivated. The report by a commission appointed by […]

Violent youth gang attacks police

Oslo police spent three nights in a row during the long holiday weekend dealing with violent teenagers on the city’s east side. On Monday came reports of a car being set on fire and a fire set on the grounds of a local day care center. “Both fires were reported during the night,” Cathrine Sylju, operations leader […]

Tunnel fire blocks key road in southern Oslo

Around 60 people were evacuated Friday morning from a tunnel being used in connection with construction of the new Follobane train line south of Oslo, after fire broke out in a tank truck inside the tunnel. The fire forced closure of Mosseveien, a main artery leading in and out of Oslo from the south. State broadcaster […]

Fire forces closure of the Oslofjordtunnel

Yet another tunnel fire broke out over the weekend, this one in the long and deep tunnel running under the Oslo Fjord between Drøbak and Hurum. The heat was so intense that it badly damaged the tunnel, resulting in a need for major repairs. The fire began once again in a heavy truck that was […]

Animal tragedy unfolds near Bodø

Hundreds of pigs were feared to have been burned alive early Tuesday after a blaze engulfed the barn where they were housed at Fenes, not far from Bodø in Northern Norway. Veterinarians needed to determine whether an estimated 300 pigs that survived would also need to be slaughtered because of smoke inhalation and stress. State broadcaster NRK described […]

New tunnel fire fuels safety concerns

Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen was himself only a few kilometers away from the Fjærlands Tunnel in Western Norway Monday night when a maintenance truck that was cleaning its interior burst into flames. Solvik-Olsen admitted that the resulting fire inside the tunnel “reminds us how vulnerable we are,” but he insisted the government was taking tunnel […]

Woman charged in fire that destroyed historic building

UPDATED: One of the oldest buildings on the main street of Lillehammer, which became internationally known during the 1994 Winter Olympics, was gutted by fire during the weekend. A woman has been charged in connection with the fire that forced the evacuation of 16 people, and she now has confessed to starting it. One of those evacuated was […]

Another fire hits an asylum center

Firefighters in Rjukan, Telemark County, battled thrugh the night to extinguish another fire at an asylum center. There were no deaths or injuries, but the local mayor called the fire “a tragedy” nonetheless. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the fire ravaged an historic building from 1916 that was on UNESCO’s list of buildings worthy of […]