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Police: Impossible to determine source of Reykjavík fire

The Investigative Department of the Capital Region Police has announced that the origin of the fire in downtown Reykjavík on April 18 will never be determined. Over 20 people were questioned, but no one is suspected of arson.

According to the police, it is impossible to investigate the case further because the roof had to be torn off the timer building on Austurstraeti 22, which housed the night club Pravda, to put out the fire, Fréttabladid reports.

Eight investigative police officers were involved in the investigation.

“We have ruled out the possibility that the fire started due to lights in the ceiling in the kiosk Fröken Reykjavík as originally believed,” said Benedikt Lund of the Investigative Department of the Capital Region Police.

Lund added the fire had probably started due to electricity in one of the buildings. Police investigated whether anyone would profit from the buildings’ insurance policies, which is not the case, so arson seems out of the question.

Both Austurstraeti 22 and Laekjargata 2 were insured at VÍS Insurance Ltd. According to VÍS CEO Ásgeir Baldursson, the damage is worth ISK 200 to 400 million (USD 3.1 to 6.3 million, EUR 2.3 to 4.6 million).

Click here to read more about the fire.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

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