Solberg visits brushfire area

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Justice Minister Monica Mæland, in charge of Norway’s police and fire brigades, both visited the scene of a major brushfire late last week just west of Bergen. The fire was finally brought under control and extinguished after two days of burning. Solberg and Mæland thanked firefighters and many others who […]

Major brush fire threatens homes

UPDATED: A brush fire in the dry, rocky hills of Øygården just west of Bergen flared up again Friday morning, not long after weary firefighters thought they had it under control. The fire spread late Thursday to a new residential area with several hundred homes, and residents were being evacuated. The fire around Kårtveit in […]

Risør relieved after frightening fire

Norway’s small and historic coastal town of Risør, which has one of the Europe’s best-preserved collection of old wooden houses, was spared what could have been a devastating fire this week. Three buildings were gutted by the blaze, “but I think we were lucky that the fire didn’t cause more damage,” said Mayor Per Krisitian […]

Five confirmed dead in hytte fire

UPDATED: Yet another tragedy hit Norway over the weekend, when fire swept through a hytte (holiday home) at Andøy, Northern Norway, in the middle of the night. Four of the five victims of the blaze were under the age of 16. The cause of the fire, which burned the hytte to the ground, was under […]

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 […]