Two people have been transported to hospital with minor burns due to a fire at a fish fry farm in Tálknafjörður in the Westfjords, RÚV reports. The fire broke out in a building at the site that was still under construction. Fire crews continued to fight the flames as of 12:30 PM this afternoon and were doing their best to protect neighbouring buildings.
The area around the fire has been evacuated, and firefighting crews from other Westfjords towns, including Patreksfjörður and Ísafjörður, have been called in to help. Westfjords police had closed roads through the area and warned travellers and locals to respect them. Firefighting crews have managed to protect areas of the site that carry a risk of explosion, such as oil tanks and power stations.
The new building, now heavily damaged, was expected to cost around ISK 4 billion [$27.8 million, €26.2 million]. Arctic Fish representatives have stated the total cost of the damage is as of yet unknown. Authorities say the fire is now under control but that crews will continue working for quite a long time. The fire did not reach any other buildings or affect any of the fish at the farm.