Reykjavík capital area firefighters were still working to put out the last of a fire in a Hafnarfjörður door and window factory on Saturday afternoon, after fighting the blaze all through the night, RÚV reports. High winds and difficult weather conditions made the job particularly onerous, but by Saturday morning, authorities had managed to restricted the fire to the factory basement.
The fire broke out on the top floor of the factory around 10.00pm on Friday night. The top floor was filled with wood, and as a result, was completely destroyed by the fire. The mechanical workshop on the ground floor was also destroyed. As they worked to put out the last of the flames, firefighters were also working to pull down the top floor so that they could not be easily spread by the wind.
The fire is thought to be one of the worst that authorities have battled in months. There have, however, been a spate of serious burnings in and around the capital of late, not least a house fire in Selfoss, in which two people lost their lives, a case of unintentional arson at an elementary school, and a massive fire at a storage facility in Garðabær.