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Firefighters Resuscitate Cat in Reykjavík Fire

Members of the Reykjavík Metropolitan Fire Department Stefnir Snorrason and Ágúst Guðmundsson resuscitated the cat Hnoðri after saving it from a burning apartment building on Urðarstígur in central Reykjavík yesterday.


The firefighters in action, trying to save Hnoðri. Source:

There were no people inside the apartment when the fire started in the kitchen unit but firefighters found Hnoðri unconscious, Morgunblaðið reports.

They gave the cat oxygen and took it to the veterinarian’s office Dýralæknastofa Dagfinns where it was placed in an oxygen cage after having been diagnosed with smoke inhalation.

According to veterinarian Svala Ögn Kristinsdóttir, the cat’s condition was critical but it is now recovering. “It will stay with us in the oxygen cage and it’s looking much better,” she told

“It’s pleasing to have been part of this, although we’re always performing good deeds,” Stefnir, who works as a paramedic at the fire department, told Morgunblaðið. “It makes both young and old happy.”

Firefighters were quick to extinguish the fire but the house is severely damaged.


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