A fire on Hrísey island, off Iceland’s north coast, has destroyed a freezing plant in the island’s harbour, RÚV reports. The fire started in Hrísey Seafood’s facilities last night and it took fire crews from three localities to put it out. No injuries have been sustained.
“There was a lot of fire and a lot of smoke when we arrived. We got notice of it ten minutes past five and it was very clear that we wouldn’t be able to do much here, we locals,” stated Þröstur Jóhannson, one of the island’s 167 residents and a member of the local fire brigade. He says the first is a huge blow to the islanders, who are nevertheless doing their best to keep their chins up.
Hrísey is a small island located in Eyjafjörður fjord, North Iceland, around 35 kilometres from Akureyri. It is one of four islands off Iceland’s coast that are inhabited year-round.