Fatal fires spread over weekend

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Seven persons were killed in various fires in Norway during the weekend, including a 31-year-old woman and two of her three children. They were sleeping in their home in Nord-Odal in Hedmark County when their house was overcome by flames.

A third child was spending the night away while the father in the family was at work in Oslo. “It’s a huge tragedy and tough for the fire-fighters, police and ambulance personnel who arrived on the scene,” local police lawyer Henning Klauseie told newspaper Aftenposten. “They knew there were folks inside (the house), but couldn’t do anything.”

The body of a 76-year-old woman, meanwhile, was found Monday inside the ruins of her home in Tjølling, Vestfold County, which burned to the ground on Friday. And on Saturday, two persons were found dead in the remains of their burned-out home in Hønefoss.

On Saturday evening, a woman in her 50s died in a fire at her home in Oslo’s Manglerud district.

Dagfinn Kalheim of the Norwegian fire protection association said there often are more fires in January, especially when it gets very cold outdoors, because old electrical systems can’t always handle the demands of too many appliances or heaters. He strongly advised homeowners to have their electrical systems checked and upgraded.

newsinenglish.no staff