Fire fighters saved the lives of eight horses which were trapped in a burning stable in Hafnarfjördur, a neighboring town of Reykjavík, yesterday. They only suffered minor smoke poisoning. Police believe the fire was deliberately set.
The stable was new and well protected and fire fighters believe that may have saved the horses. Fire protection compartments and a layer of plaster prevented the fire to reach the horses, which started in the stable’s kitchen, Fréttabladid and Morgunbladid report.
“We screwed the last screw three days ago, so this is a huge shock. Fortunately the horses were not harmed, which is the most important thing,” said the stable’s superintendent Fridrik Valgeirsson. The stable was considerably damaged in the fire.
The horses were given oxygen treatment by a veterinarian and will be released soon.
A car which was parked near the stable and had been stolen in Reykjavík on Sunday was also set on fire yesterday, as well as in some flammable things by the side of the road nearby. Police believe the same arsonist was involved in all three fires.