Fire forced evacuation at Hotel Bristol

Fire broke out at the historic Hotel Bristol in Oslo on Sunday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of 166 guests and 44 employees. There were no injuries, however, and the fire was quickly contained. Oslo’s fire brigade mounted a major response to the alarm, which was sounded automatically from smoke generated by paper that started smoldering in a […]

Another fire in Bergen forced evacuations

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. […]

Fire sparked fear and injury in Bergen

A dramatic fire in downtown Bergen forced the evacuation of 22 people Thursday night and left several injured as it threatened an historic neighbourhood. Witnesses reported one man hanging from the roof of a house as he made a desperate attempt to escape. Police told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that six people were injured, some of them seriously. […]

Fire swept through school camp

UPDATED: Firefighters have determined that people were responsible for a fire that destroyed a mountain school used by students on excursion this week. Arson investigators claimed it was too early, however, to rule whether any charges would be filed. A total of 97 students and three teachers were evacuated late Monday night when fire swept through the Høgeset […]

Torched cow carcasses left to rot

The Juliussen family lost 47 dairy cows when the barn the cows were trapped inside burned down on their farm in Austertana, Finnmark. Two weeks later, the carcasses were still rotting in the sun while the family awaited a police investigation into the fire. “It is creating a certain smell and an uncomfortable atmosphere between […]

No Lærdal fire lessons learned

Lærdal residents and politicians are angry that there’s been no movement on an investigation into Norway’s worst fires since World War II, five months after the government promised a broad-scale review of the January inferno. Any lessons from Lærdal would be timely for Norwegian fire authorities, who on Thursday night finally contained the last of […]

Stavanger blaze under investigation

A potentially catastrophic fire in the historic district of downtown Stavanger was raising new concerns Thursday about the vulnerability of Norway’s clusters of old wooden houses. Crime technicians, meanwhile, started probing the cause of Wednesday’s blaze but reportedly don’t think it was a case of arson. The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in two historic […]

Brushfire in Nordland under control

Flames were still visible Thursday from a major brushfire that has ravaged more than 1,000 acres (5,000 mål) along the coast of Nordland. Firefighters said they nonetheless had gained control over the blaze during the night. “Help from helicopters was critical in gaining control,” Einar Bjørnli of the fire brigade in Mosjøen told Norwegian Broadcasting […]

Fire threatened historic Stavanger

UPDATED: A fire raging in converted wooden warehouses by the harbour in central Stavanger threatened historic neighboring buildings dating back centuries on Wednesday afternoon. Authorities confirmed no one remained inside shortly before 5pm, and worked into the evening to stop the fire from spreading further. “We have just arrived,” Leif Lerang from the Sør-Rogaland fire […]

Warm, dry weather sparks fire danger

All it took was a week of sunny skies and warm temperatures over most of southern Norway to bring out the flip side of the gorgeous weather – high fire danger. The lack of rain and rapid snow melt that’s already been absorbed into the ground sparked brush fires over the weekend and warnings of […]