A major fire raged Thursday at the Norsk Gjenvinning recycling plant at Haraldrud in Groruddalen on Oslo’s east side. Smoke from the fire could be seen over large areas of the city, with ashes raining down on places as far away as the island of Nakholmen in the Oslo Fjord.
Police evacuated several buildings in the industrial area and firefighters called in reinforcements from Romerike to help battle the blaze that began around 9:40am Thursday. By midday it was still burning, and a corner of the recycling center’s building had collapsed.
Everyone in the area was advised to remain indoors and close all doors and windows to keep the smoke out. A total of 15 fire trucks and 34 other emergency units were at the scene, putting a strain on resources and prompting special efforts to maintain preparedness for any other fires that might break out.
Two people were taken to a local emergency clinic after suffering smoke inhalation but there were no other injuries reported as of early afternoon. The cause of the fire remained unknown, with an investigation set to get underway.