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Greenhouse Eden Destroyed in Fire

By Iceland Review

The fire department in Selfoss and Hveragerdi finished extinguishing the fire in the Eden Greenhouse early this morning at 4:10 am; all that is left of the building are concrete walls and iron rafters.

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A greenhouse in Hveragardi. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Between 30 to 40 fire fighters from the fire department in Hveragerdi and Selfoss extinguished the fire.

The call came at ten past midnight and within the first 45 minutes the building was aflame. Police told mbl.is the fire had started in the kitchen where smoke and fire were first detected.

The police and fire department were notified the building had been deserted before the fire broke out.

Plans of evacuating nearby homes were in place due to smoke but fortunately the wind direction changed in time.

ICE-SAR, Iceland’s search and rescue party, came to assist the police in fencing off and patroling the area; a fire investigation begins today.

Aldís Hafsteinsdóttir, the mayor of Hveragerdi, discovered the fire during a walk with her sister and their husbands, and made the emergency call.

“In the beginning there was no fire in the roof but a lot of smoke was rising from the nursery side,” she told mbl.is.

“The police and fire department arrived at the scene within a few minutes. The fire spread to the roof in no time. The roaring fire had made a strange crackling sound and black plumes of smoke rose to the sky.”

She told mbl.is the community is still in shock over the devastating news; the Eden Greenhouse has been a part of the community for 50 years now and is a tourist landmark. The building itself is the property of Sparisjódur Sudurlands (the Savings Bank of South Iceland) but business operations have been left to private parties.

Click on mbl.is inks in article to see photos from the scene.

JB

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