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Iceland’s Tallest Building Catches Fire

The tallest building in Iceland, the 20-story tower on Smáratorg in the Reykjavík suburb of Kópavogur, caught fire last night. The fire started in a part of the tower which is still under construction, but the entire building was cleared for safety reasons.

Thorgeir Elíesersson, senior police officer on call, told Morgunbladid that the fire was reported around 9:30 pm, in the second story of a side building to the tower. Every available fire fighter and police officer in the capital region was called to the scene.

People who were in the restaurant on the 20th floor and the gym on the 15th floor were made to leave the tower temporarily for safety reasons. There were two dinner parties in the restaurant, Veisluturninn, at the time, with about 50 guests in addition to staff.

Managing director and master chef of Veisluturninn Sigurdur F. Gíslason said everyone had been out of the building within two minutes and that no one had panicked. “We have practiced evacuation before and the only fire protection elevators in the country are in this building,” Gíslason said.

By midnight the fire had been extinguished. Its origin is being investigated.

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