Norway’s national police investigative unit Kripos has been called in to help probe a fire in a community-owned residential building at Solbergmoen in Nedre Eiker outside Drammen on Sunday. The blaze left three persons dead and its cause remained unclear on Monday.
The fire swept through the building that contained four row houses, while four other row houses in an adjacent building were also destroyed. All residents of the building were evacuated and most of the 13 people living there lost everything they owned, reported state broadcaster NRK. The smoke from the fire was so thick that residents of nearby homes were evacuated as well.
Firefighters were sent from Drammen, Nedre Eiker and Øvre Eider to battle the blaze. The woman who called for help is believed to be among the three persons found dead inside the residential unit.
Local officials set up a crisis center for those left homeless by the blaze, and they will also be offered new accommodation. Nedre Eiker Church also opened its doors and was offering counseling and comfort to those who needed it.