One woman was seriously injured and a man suffered minor injuries after the second major fire in historic downtown Bergen in the past week. Tuesday’s fire that broke out just before 4am forced the evacuation of around 70 people.
The long holiday weekend ended dramatically with the evacuations in the neighbourhood characterized by mostly old wooden buildings. Firefighters were afraid the fire in a residential building near the public square known as Torget would spread.
The fire in the second- and third floors of the building set off smoke that could be seen around the city. As was the case with another fire last week that broke out not far away, the building was located in a narrow street that made firefighting efforts difficult.
The blaze was brought under control just before 6am and extinguished by late morning. Work continued to prevent the fire from flaring up again. The cause of the fire was under investigation.