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90 injured as blaze sweeps through historic Lærdal. UPDATE: Some 30 properties burnt to the ground and 90 people treated in hospital for smoke-related injuries in today's dramatic fire in the western Norway village. Medical staff have examined some 400. 50 of these 400 are still in three different hospitals. 100 have been treated at various medical facilities. . Updates from yesterday and today on our Twitter (@theforeignerNo #laerdal) and/or Facebook pages.

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90 injured as blaze sweeps through historic Lærdal

Published on Sunday, 19th January, 2014 at 12:22 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 20th January 2014 at 14:13.

UPDATE: Some 30 properties burnt to the ground and 90 people treated in hospital for smoke-related injuries in today's dramatic fire in the western Norway village. Medical staff have examined some 400.

Lærdalsøyri
The historic village has the most distinctive architecture of this type in Norway. This picture taken in 2006.Lærdalsøyri
Photo: Frode Inge Helland/Wikimedia Commons


50 of these 400 are still in three different hospitals. 100 have been treated at various medical facilities.

. Updates from yesterday and today on our Twitter (@theforeignerNo #laerdal) and/or Facebook pages.

Emergency service personnel say fires have been put out, but they could flare up again.

Some 100 were helping to try and put out the blaze still raging.

At one point, police also feaed an explosion from gas canisters at an industrial facility. This is no longer a factor.

Many people living in Sogn og Fjordane County’s Lærdalsøyri were evacuated, and the area cordoned off. No deaths have been reported.

The fire started in a house Saturday night and quickly spread to surrounding buildings.

Strong winds fanned the flames, which spread quickly. Police have stated a helicopter brought in to try to contain the fire was initially delayed due to drones in the area. VG reported police asked photographers with these aircraft to keep them away from the area.

Authorities in Lærdal have received assistance from facilities in six neighbouring municipalities in Sogn og Fjordane, Hordaland, Oppland Counties. Some of these are Bergen, Gjøvik, Voss, Fagernes, and Sogndal.

VG has reported the hospital needed water flown in due to supply problems caused by the firefighting.

“It’s a catastrophe. It’s an inferno for those who are there. There are flames and smoke everywhere and strong wind which makes the situation very difficult”, Deputy Mayor Geir Berge Øverland told NRK earlier today.

Borgund Stave Church, built around 1180
Borgund Stave Church, built around 1180
Zoetnet/Wikimedia Commons
Lærdalsøyri is a historic site with some of its wooden buildings hundreds of years old. One of the properties destroyed was as Grade I listed building.

A total of 161 buildings are listed, and the old village architecture is considered to be the most distinctive in Norway.

The district, with its UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjords, also contains the historic and popular Borgund stave church from about 1180. It is dedicated to Andrew the Apostle.

It is the best preserved of all of Norway’s stave churches. Around 30 dating from The Middle Ages are preserved today.

According to Norway’s encyclopaedia Store Norske Leksikon (SNL), many have considered Borgund and its dragon heads to be the prototype of a stave church. Several restorations of others were influenced by Borgund’s appearance.

The Norwegian Directorate of Cultural Heritage’s Jørn Holme calls the fire in Lærdal “a tragedy”.

Any of our readers in the area and/or got pictures? Email us with accounts/photos.




Published on Sunday, 19th January, 2014 at 12:22 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 20th January 2014 at 14:13.

This post has the following tags: norwayfire, laerdal, borgundstavechurch.





  
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