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Arson Suspected in Apartment Building Fire

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Arson Suspected in Apartment Building Fire

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Archive photo. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Suðurnes Police are looking for witnesses in relation to this morning’s fire in Reykjanesbær, Southwest Iceland, after which eight people were hospitalized, suffering from smoke inhalation. On their Facebook page, the police state,

“Witnesses sought…

Eight people were transported to an emergency room due to smoke inhalation after fire erupted in an apartment building in Keflavík overnight. Arson is suspected. About thirty people live in the building, among them asylum seekers, serviced by Reykjanesbær.

Fire fighters arrived at the scene at about 3 am, at which time the residents had managed to get out. There was fire in a washer in a joint laundry room on one floor, but also in a pile of clothing elsewhere, which kindles suspicion about arson. Window panes had begun to crack due to heat.

Anyone with information about the matter is encouraged to contact police, either by calling 444-2200 or by sending us a message here on Facebook.”

The eight patients have been discharged from the Suðurnes Hospital and Health Center, but some of them were brought to Landspítali National University Hospital for examination, RÚV reports.

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