It is believed that the conflagration at the recycling station Hringrás by the harbor Sundahöfn in Reykjavík on Monday night was caused by arsonists; a CCTV recording shows a group of people drive up to the station and throw something that appears to be a gas bomb into the pile of tires which later burst into flames. The perpetrators haven’t been located.
From Reykjavík harbor. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
No one was harmed in the fire which was extinguished in six hours; a favorable wind direction caused the toxic smoke to blow out across the ocean. Otherwise, nearby homes would have had to be evacuated, the nursing home Hrafnista included, Fréttabladid reports.
This isn’t the first times tires on Hringrás’s lot have caught fire. The same happened in 2004, at which time it took two days to put out the fire and more than 500 people had to be evacuated from their homes.
City and fire department authorities are now calling for the relocation of Hringrás. Einar Ásgeirsson, Hringrás’s managing director, told Morgunbladid that the company had followed the terms of its operating license closely.
He said he is willing to look into the company’s relocation with the authorities but isn’t certain that a better location can be found.
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