Forest fire danger sparks red alerts

Warnings were going out this week that forest fire danger was at its highest possible level all over Southeastern Norway. More than a week of dry and unusually warm weather, with more to come, is making local forests highly vulnerable to going up in flames. Not only are all open campfires banned in all municipalities […]

Fire destroys historic building in Porsgrunn

Fire swept through an historic wooden building on the main street of Porsgrunn, southwest of Oslo, during the night. Firefighters gained control of the blaze before it spread to other structures in the area, but not before it had destroyed the building and a popular gallery containing millions of kroner worth of art. “This is […]

Fire destroys buses used by the ‘russ’

Police, firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene of a major fire at Fornebu, west of Oslo, early Wednesday morning that destroyed two of the buses used for partying by graduating high school students known as russ. Heat from the fire and smoke also damaged at least one other russebuss along with additional vehicles parked inside […]

Family members killed in camper fire

The mother, father and one of their two children in a family from Sandnes were killed during the weekend, when the camping van in which they were sleeping at a park along the west coast reportedly exploded, and then caught fire. They left behind one teenaged daughter. “She’s being looked after by her grandparents and […]

Bus fire closed E18 highway

A double-decker bus normally used for carrying tourists around Norway caught fire while driving from the southern island of Hvaler north towards Oslo on Wednesday morning. The fire closed the E18 highway in both directions. A spokesman for the company currently using the bus, in scheduled service for the bus line Timeekspresse, told state broadcaster NRK […]

Fire ravages paper recycling plant

A major fire raged Thursday at the Norsk Gjenvinning recycling plant at Haraldrud in Groruddalen on Oslo’s east side. Smoke from the fire could be seen over large areas of the city, with ashes raining down on places as far away as the island of Nakholmen in the Oslo Fjord. Police evacuated several buildings in […]

Freezing weather keeps firefighters busy

There’s been a rash of fires in homes all over Norway in recent days, and firefighters are blaming the onset of bitterly cold temperatures. Several of the fires have started in the chimneys of homes. More than 20 chimney fires have been reported since Wednesday afternoon, most of them in the counties of Agder, Hordaland […]

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 […]