Andøy cabin fire: All five missing people found dead

Andøya cabin fire candlesPhoto: AIdem Media / NTB
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The last two people who were missing after the cabin fire in Kobbedalen in Andøy Municipality have been found dead. A total of five people have been confirmed dead.

Four of the dead are children under 16 years of age.

“It is with a heavy heart that we now state that this fire has claimed five lives. The police are relieved that we have managed to find those who were missing, but this is a difficult day for those affected and the local community,” the police stated in a press release.

The police are continuing the work on site, and the investigation is aimed at clarifying the cause of the fire.

In shock

A total of six people, two adults and four children, were in the remote cabin in Kobbedalen on Andøya when a fire started on Saturday. There is a relationship between the six, but the details are not known.

One man managed to get out of the burning cabin. He had to run about four kilometers to call for help. 

When the emergency services arrived at the scene, the cabin was already completely burnt down.

The small village of Henningsvær has only 470 inhabitants and is in shock after the horrific tragedy.

“We are almost paralyzed, really. We (the village, editor’s note) are so small that you’re either related or friends (to the victims, editor’s note), and that’s why this hit us so hard,” Trygve Rom, the leader of the Citizens’ Association in Henningsvær, told TV 2.

Four school grades affected

At Svolvær school, the 5th and 10th grades are affected by the tragedy, and at Henningsvær school, the 7th and 10th grades are affected, municipal manager for upbringing and inclusion in Vågan municipality Veslemøy Drangevåg told TV 2.

Extra measures will be put in place at the schools on Monday.

“We are strengthening the staff so that there are adults out in the corridors. We have received help from the child and adolescent psychiatry at Nordland Hospital, which is also assisting, especially with the four grades affected at these two schools,” Drangevåg added.

Demanding work

Work on the scene will continue throughout the evening on Sunday. Police say they still have no reason to suspect that the cause of the fire is anything other than an accident.

The National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos) is present at the scene in Andøy, assisting local police in finding out why the fire occurred, Håvard Haftor Arntzen at Kripos told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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