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Cause of fire unclear

The investigation into the cause of the fire in downtown Reykjavík on Wednesday resumed this weekend and its cause is still unclear. Police are looking into all possible scenarios.

“We are not sure where the fire started,” Benedikt Lund of the Investigative Department of Reykjavík Police told Fréttabladid. “We don’t exclude anything.”

Initially it was believed that the fire was caused by lights in the ceiling in the Fröken Reykjavík kiosk between the timber buildings that housed the clubs Pravda and Café Opera, but Lund said it is too early to confirm the suspicion.

“It is clear that the fire started in the mid-ceiling and ran along between Café Opera and Pravda, but it is too early to say exactly where it started,” Lund said.

The roof of the building on Austurstraeti 22, which housed Pravda, was torn off to extinguish the fire, which Lund said makes the investigation more difficult.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

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