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Treatment home for teenagers catches fire

The state-run treatment home for troubled teenagers, Studlar in Reykjavík, caught fire yesterday. Two teenage girls were trapped by flames in one of the bedrooms, but were rescued by firefighters at the last minute.

“We sort of just grabbed them and ran outside,” one of the firefighters, Sigurdur A. Jónsson, told Morgunbladid. “There was a lot of fire by the exit, so we put out as much of it as we could on our way to them.”

Not many people were at the treatment home yesterday when the fire started and the few members of staff and residents managed to get out on their own, apart from the two girls. But those who escaped could describe to the firefighters in detail where the girls were located, which helped them find the girls quickly, in only three minutes.

When the firefighters reached the two girls they found them underneath a table with a comforter wrapped around them. “There was a lot of smoke in their room, all the way to the floor, and it was very hot,” Jónsson said.

The girls were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation and minor burns but were not seriously injured.

It took about one hour to put out the fire and the Studlar treatment home suffered considerable damage. The causer of the fire is unknown.

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