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Site of Fatal Reykjavík Fire to Be Demolished

By Yelena

Bræðaborgarstígur fire
Photo: Jelena Ciric. The house on Bræðraborgarstígur where three were killed in a fire, June 2020.

Demolition will begin today or tomorrow on the house in West Reykjavík where a fire led to three deaths almost one year ago. RÚV reports that the house has been purchased by property developer Þorpið vistfélag from the company HD verk, which owned it when the fire occurred. Sigurður Smári Gylfason, CEO of Þorpið vistfélag says all necessary permits have been acquired to demolish the house and work will begin shortly.

Three people died and two were left in critical condition in the fire, which occurred on June 26, 2020. Marek Moszczynski has been charged with three counts of manslaughter and ten counts of attempted manslaughter in relation to the incident and will be sentenced in the Reykjavík District Court today. The fire initiated a public conversation about the conditions facing foreign workers in Iceland.

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The Bræðraborgarstígur house was on a list of illegal residential housing published by the fire brigade in 2017. The building was reported on as far back as 2015 in Stundin newspaper regarding sub-standard housing for foreign workers and was covered two years later by the TV programme Kveikur, which conducted an investigation of illegal residence in the house. A government report commissioned in the wake of the fire found that thousands are living in non-residential buildings in Iceland, where fire safety measures are often inadequate and put their lives at risk.

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