A fire broke out in an apartment block last night, leading to dozens of evacuations and a woman being rescued out of her window.
The Reykjavík area fire brigade has dealt with its second high-profile fire of the week (after Monday’s school blaze), when smoke and flames started raging in an apartment on the second floor of a large block in the Breiðholt neighborhood at 23.30 last night. According to RÚV there was a very large amount of black smoke from the fire and the woman was taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation.
Two other residents on the same corridor were later taken to hospital as well, for the same reason – although their condition was not considered as serious.
Iðufell 10 is an apartment block in Upper Breiðholt and, due to the large number or residents; the emergency services’ response was comprehensive. Members of the Icelandic Red Cross were sent to the scene, as well as several city buses. Residents of the block waited on the buses while the fire was extinguished. The fire brigade worked quickly and declared the fire out at around midnight.
Five residents on the affected corridor accepted the Red Cross offer of alternative accommodation for the night, as the corridor had been sealed off for investigation.
This fire was just one task among many for the Capital Region Fire Brigade, which was called out 49 times yesterday, 510 times in the last week and 8,830 times so far this year. A modern fire brigade has a long list of roles to play in keeping society safe -- many of them not directly related to fire.