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Four Youngsters Saved from Burning House

Steinthór Stefánsson, an Akureyri resident in his thirties, probably saved the lives of four young people after a fire started in a house where they lived on Eidsvallagata in the north Icelandic town yesterday morning.


From Akureyri. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

They were asleep but quickly woke up after Stefánsson knocked on the outside of the house. “I walked up Eidsvallagata and heard a fire alarm. However, I didn’t see any smoke until I was in the garden,” Stefánsson told Morgunbladid.

Then he noticed thick black smoke coming from a basement window. “I quickly managed to wake up the two boys who were sleeping on the ground floor but the two who were upstairs didn’t wake up until the firefighters arrived to the scene,” he said.

He called the emergency hotline as soon as he noticed the smoke and then continued trying to wake up the people inside the house. The fire brigade arrived four minutes later.

It was an absolute coincidence that Stefánsson was awake so early and walking past the house on Eidsvallagata. He was on his way home after a night on the town.

The four youngsters only suffered minor smoke inhalation. The house was significantly damaged in the fire, especially the basement. It is unclear how the fire started.

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