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Single mother loses everything in fire

A single mother of four children lost all her possession when her home in Hvolsvöllur, south Iceland, caught fire on December 23. She did not have insurance.

Gudný Gudnadóttir managed to escape unharmed from the burning house with her children on the night before Christmas Eve. She told Morgunbladid that a smoke detector had saved their lives.

Gudnadóttir’s youngest child had been with its father, but her three other children, aged five to nine, had been asleep inside her house when it caught fire.

Police at Hvolsvöllur said the family had escaped just in time. All their furniture, clothing and personal belongings were destroyed by the fire, and the house, which is made of timber, is badly damaged. The source of the fire is unknown.

Gudnadóttir did not have insurance, but her friends and family have started a charity collection for her and her children.

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