Forty firefighters took part yesterday in extinguishing the most extensive fire that has occurred in Iceland in a long time. A 230-ton fishing vessel caught fire inside a shipyard in Akranes, West Iceland, in the afternoon. The fire was extinguished at midnight but flared up again later in the night.
Archive photo: Icelandic Photo Agency.
At first firefighters attempted to extinguish the fire inside the shipyard but eventually resorted to moving it out of the building to better control the flames, ruv.is reports.
“The ship is severely damaged but the engine room seems to be mostly intact,” commented local marshal Þráinn Ólafsson. The ship’s condition has yet to be evaluated and it is uncertain whether it can ever sail again. Firefighters stood watch until 7 am this morning.