Three Poles die in fire in Iceland

Three Polish citizens died in a fire which broke out in a residential building in Reykjavik downtown on Thursday. The information was confirmed on Saturday by the Polish ambassador to Iceland after the bodies of the vicitms had been identified.

PAP was told by Ambassador Gerard Pokruszynski that three Poles had died in the fire, two had been injured and hospitalised, and several persons had lost all their belongings.

The Polish diplomatic mission has offered assistance to the injured and to the families of the three victims.

Icelandic police launched an investigation into the cause of the fire, which broke out on Thursday afternoon. According to the Icelandic daily Frettabladid, 73 persons living in the building were employed by a temporary employment agency. Most of them were foreigners, including 28 Poles, 28 Latvians, 12 Lithuanians, three Romanians, one Spaniard and an Icelandic national. Ten persons were at home when the fire broke out.

According to the Mbl.is portal, the Icelandic Efling trade union has been raising concerns about the poor technical condition of the building since last year.