A woman in her sixties died in a fire in Hafnarfjörður in the capital area last night. Firefighting crews received reports of the fire just before 2:00 AM and arrived to heavy smoke at the scene. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The fire broke out in a triplex (a three-apartment building) and did not spread beyond it. Duty officer Rúnar Helgason told RÚV there was a fair amount of smoke when firefighters arrived at the scene but little fire. According to Rúnar, this is one indication that the fire had been burning for some time. “It was relatively localised and very little fire really, certain indications that it had been simmering there for some time.”
Smoke divers were sent into the building and were able to quickly put out the fire and find the woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The other residents received trauma support from the Red Cross. The police are now investigating the cause of the fire.