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Reykjavík Nightclub Probably Set on Fire

Police have announced that the nightclub Batteríid in central Reykjavík, which was destroyed in a fire last week, was probably set on fire purposely. It is believed that the source of the fire is on the second floor of the building which housed the club.

The photo is not related to the story. By Geir Ólafsson.

However, as Fridrik Smári Björgvinsson, senior officer at the Capital Region Police investigative department, pointed out to Fréttabladid, the investigation is still ongoing and this is therefore only a theory.

The house on Hafnarstraeti 1-3 was built by a Danish merchant in 1887 as part of a building complex. It is among the oldest houses in Reykjavík, according to historian Gudjón Fridriksson.

It was bought by Ó. Johnson & Kaaber in 1914 and used for coffee processing. Later it was used for various purposes and housed both shops and nightclubs.

The house is now severely damaged but neighboring houses were spared. No one was harmed in the fire.

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