Sandefjord mayor target of arson

Police in the coastal city of Sandefjord were quick to confirm that someone tried to set fire to the home of the city’s long-time mayor, Bjørn Ole Gleditsch of the Conservative Party, during the weekend. An investigation is underway. Gleditsch himself had arrived home in a taxi late Saturday night to discover flames along one […]

Airport garage fire started in diesel car

UPDATED: Airline traffic in and out of Stavanger’s main airport at Sola resumed on Wednesday, after a raging fire in the airport’s parking garage halted it on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Firefighters now believe the fire started in an older diesel car and spread quickly. Prime Minister Erna Solberg was among those stranded by the […]

Fire claims two more lives

Fire and smoke that swept through a home in Bergen over the weekend have claimed the lives of two more members of the family living there. A third child remained in critical condition on Tuesday. State broadcaster NRK reported that the 41-year-old mother in the family died during the night, along with a 14-year-old daughter. […]

Child dies after fire in Bergen home

There were numerous fires in Norwegian homes again during the Christmas and New Year holidays, but none worse than one in Bergen. It claimed the life of a nine-year-old girl, who was one of four people pulled unconscious from the blaze. Newspaper Bergens Tidende (BT) described the fire as “dramatic,” and local police have now […]

Car fires under investigation

Oslo police are investigating fires involving five parked cars in the Ulven area near Østre Aker Church this week. Arson is suspected. Firefighters got their first calls shortly after 2am on Monday and initially found three to four cars ablaze. Håkon Nilen, operations leader for the Oslo Police District, told news bureau NTB that it […]

Trawler drama sparked trauma

A Russian trawler capsized at a pier in Tromsø late Thursday morning after first catching fire on Wednesday and burning through the night. The drama forced local evacuations, caused major problems for Northern Norway’s biggest hospital nearby and set off fears of both an explosion and oil spills. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), which followed the drama […]

Weekend fire leaves two dead

A fire described as “explosive” destroyed three residential buildings at Lierstranda near Dramman during the weekend, killing two occupants, injuring another and threatening a couple with a newborn baby. Maria Sætervik Johansen, who gave birth to a baby boy last Monday, told her partner she noticed “strange light” while up in the middle of the […]

Dry weather sparks brush fire warnings

Warnings are up all over Southern Norway of unusually high forest and brush fire danger. Several fires have already raged out of control, and there’s a total ban on campfires or other outdoor burning from now until September 15. One unfortunate farmer in Rogaland on Norway’s West Coast inadvertently set off a brush fire while […]

Mobile phone caught fire in a car

Police reported during the night that a man was rushed to hospital in Østfold after he escaped from his burning car. He told police that his mobile phone had suddenly caught fire while he was driving. Police told state broadcaster NRK that the man had managed to pull over and get out of his burning […]

Fire, explosions closed metro stations

A fire that broke out in one of the Oslo metro system’s main tunnels during the night set off explosions that also caused damage at the public transport hub at Helsfyr on the city’s east side. Metro (T-bane) stations at Helsfyr, Ensjø and Løren were all closed Monday morning, making it difficult for tens of […]