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Roof of Building in Reykjavík Catches Fire

A four-story building in Sídumúli in Reykjavík caught fire yesterday when repairmen were fusing a fixture to the roof. No one was harmed but pedestrians were in danger when a gas container on the roof exploded and crashed down to the street.

The Iceland Music Information Center was located on the third floor of the building, where 8,000 invaluable pieces of sheet music were in grave danger, mainly because of water damage, Morgunbladid reports.

However, firefighters covered the folders containing the music with plastic and afterwards they were dried, so the damage was not as bad as expected. “The firefighters have assured me that the music is safe,” Sigfrídur Björnsdóttir, employee of the Music Information Center, told Fréttabladid.

“The worst case scenario would have been irreparable damage to Icelandic cultural history,” Björnsdóttir said. “It means as much for the nation’s musical history as for the history of fine arts if the National Gallery of Iceland had caught fire. The collection includes music by Jón Leifs, for example.”

Jón Leifs (1899-1968) is among Iceland’s most famous composers.

According to Morgunbladid, an apartment on the top floor of the building and everything inside was destroyed in the fire. A young man, who had only lived there for one month, lost all of his possessions in the fire.

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