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Investigation into Fatal House Fire Well Underway

By Yelena

fire Vesturgata Bræðraborgarstígur
Photo: A screenshot from RÚV. Flowers left by locals at the site of the fire.

The investigation into a fire that killed three and left two in critical condition is going well, RÚV reports. A man in his fifties, who was arrested on the day of the incident on suspicion of starting the fire, has been in custody since. The incident is being investigated as voluntary manslaughter.

The fire began on Friday afternoon in a house on the corner of Vesturgata and Bræðraborgarstígur in west Reykjavík. The house was on a list of illegal residential housing published by the fire brigade in 2017. Investigative journalism programme Kveikur took up the matter of illegal residence in the house in 2017. In recent years, neighbourhood residents had spoken out about their concerns with the house’s lack fire protection and poor maintenance.

Most of the house’s residents were of foreign origin. The incident has sparked a conversation about the working conditions faced by foreign workers in Iceland.

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