Firefighters in Norway’s capital were busy during the night, after a blaze broke out at an elementary school at Mortensrud on Oslo’s southeast side. Alarms rang just over an hour after crews also were called out to battle a major fire at one of the city’s oldest properties.
As firefighters struggled to control the blaze at Nedre Foss gård in the city’s Grünerløkka district, crews also had to be dispatched to Mortensrud School at around 8pm. News bureau NTB reported that the fire was contained to one of the school’s buildings, and there was no danger of it spreading to the other buildings.
Smoke from the fire was so thick that nearby residents were told to keep all windows and doors closed. One person was examined for smoke inhalation but there were no serious injuries.
The school, which has around 400 pupils and 60 employees, was due to open as usual after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, reported state broadcaster NRK on Thursday. The cause of the fire was under investigation.