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Asphalt Factory Catches Fire

Yesterday morning a fire broke out at the Höfdi asphalt factory in Eastern Reykjavík, causing signifigant damange. The bulk of Reykjavík’s fire brigade fought the blaze for a couple of hours while the police closed the adjoining streets due to the thick black smoke that rose from the scene.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the fire started next to a mixing tower, which caused sparks to ignite a supply of diesel oil.

“The fire caused significant damage, electricity cables and many other things are destroyed,” commented Valur Gudmundsson, the factory manager, in an interview with Fréttabladid. He added that he regretted that the fire broke out during the time of the year when production is at its highest. The output of another factory of Höfdi will be increased, but that won’t be able to make up for the loss, according to Gudmundsson.

No injuries were reported because of the fire but there are concerns that underground oil tanks and pipelines may explode.

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