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Three Cars Destroyed in Breiðholt Fire

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

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Photo: Golli. A fire on Grettisgata in Reykjavík, 2016.

A fire broke out in an apartment building’s garage in Breiðholt yesterday, Vísir reports. All available firefighters were called to the spot, but at least three of the 26 cars in the garage were destroyed.

Divisional manager with the capital area fire department Vernharð Guðnason stated in a radio interview today that several cars were in the storage facility and that there was plenty of damage. “When we arrived, the fire was already blazing and a few cars were burning. It generated a lot of heat and smoke, which caused great damage to the other cars.”

All available firefighters in the capital area were called to the scene. Vernharð stated: “when cars burn, there’s so much energy released. The heat was immense and the ceilings were relatively low. There’s nowhere for the heat to escape and a lot of black smoke becomes dangerous for our people due to the heat and toxic chemicals in the smoke.”

Luckily, no one was harmed and there was no danger that the fire would spread to the surrounding buildings. “The garage design makes sure that there’s no entry from the space to stairwells. The only exit leads outside so it went as well as possible, with no smoke entering the surrounding buildings.

The police is now investigating the scene to discover the cause of the fire.

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