Losby Gods, an historic manor house northeast of Oslo that was converted into a hotel and golf course complex, was hit by a major fire over the weekend. Three employees were rushed to a local hospital after suffering smoke inhalation.
Morten Thoresen, fire chief on the scene, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the fire was brought under control not long after it was reported just before 3:30pm on Saturday. Around 40 firefighters were sent to the scene from five area fire stations.
The most historic part of the property, the original wooden manor house that dates from 1850, was not damaged in the fire. “We are very glad about that,” Heidi Elisabeth Fjellheim, director of Losby Gods, told NRK.
Officials said the fire began in a sauna. Around 50 square meters around it were completly destroyed.
All guests and employees were evacuated and there were no further injuries beyond the three employees who needed treatment for smoke inhalation.
Losby Gods has been used several times for official gatherings and conferences attended by Norwegian foreign ministers, top UN officials and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Last summer Foreign Minister Børge Brende hosted groundbreaking talks between representatives from the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban.