A huge fire on Sunday, January 19, took down Laerdalsoyri, a historic village in Western Norway. Police said many 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses were destroyed and local residents were forced to evacuate the area.
Cause of Outbreak
The fire in the riverside village began in a houseSaturday evening. The blaze raged out of control overnight due to strong winds. Firefighters were able to extinguish it Sunday afternoon. Famed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Laerdalsoyri is located in the West Norwegian Fjords area.
Injury and Damage to Property
According to the police, about 23 buildings, including 16 homes, were destroyed by the fire. Local media said several buildings listed as historic monuments were alsoaffected.177 people were admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation due to smoke inhalation.
“There were a lot of heroes in Laerdal that night,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.”I want to say a big thank you to all those who fought to bring the situation under control.”