Explosion and fire: Returkraft’s waste facility in Kristiansand will probably be closed all summer

Returkraft - Langemyr plantPhoto: KBRUAS Norway / Anders Martinsen / NTB

Returkraft’s waste-processing facility plant at Langemyr, which exploded and started burning on Thursday, will probably have to be closed all summer.

It will also most likely take several days to put out the fire in the waste facility, newspaper Fædrelandsvennen writes.

“There is reason to believe that it will be a relatively long-term stop,” CEO Odd Terje Døvik of Returkraft told the newspaper.

Investigation underway

On Friday, the police started investigating the explosion in the waste facility in Kristiansand.

Just before 2 PM on Friday, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the plant was still on fire. The company stated that they do not know how the explosion occurred.

Seven people injured

The police were notified of the explosion, which took place at the facility at Langemyr in Kristiansand, just before 10 AM on Thursday. Seven people were injured in the explosion and the ensuing fire.

Two of them were critically injured and transported by air ambulance to Haukeland University Hospital for further treatment, Sørlandet Hospital stated on Thursday afternoon.

Five people suffered minor injuries and were admitted for observation and treatment at the hospital in Kristiansand. Four of them were discharged on Thursday night, according to NRK.

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

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