Four of the five people missing after cabin fire in Andøy are children: “They may have died in the fire”

Norwegian Civil DefencePhoto: Jens André Mehammer / NTB

Four of the five people missing after the cabin fire in Andøy are children under 16, the police stated in a press release.

“This is a very tragic event. We fear that the five have not managed to get out of the cabin and that they may have died in the fire,” head of the police in Lofoten and Vesterålen Per Erik Hagen noted.

The police also confirmed that six people were allegedly present in the cabin that burned down

The sixth person managed to get out of the cabin.

Investigation in progress

The police stated that it is too early to say anything about the cause of the fire.

“The police have opened a case and launched an investigation, but there is currently no indication that this is anything other than a tragic accident,” Hagen said.

The municipality has established a crisis team.

“This is a small community, and everyone is affected by such a terrible event,” Hagen added.

Search efforts launched

When the emergency services arrived at the scene, the cabin was burned down. 

Searches were launched from the air by helicopter and drone, in addition to crews on the ground, but no discoveries had yet been made by 1:00 PM. 

The police have requested and received assistance from the National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos) in the investigation, which is on its way from Bodø and Oslo. 

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

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