Late Saturday evening, the municipality decided to close and evacuate the entire city center, and the fire threatened the old sheltered timber housing development.
During the night, the fire spread to three buildings, but at 7:30 the fire was said to be under control.
However, the fire has not yet been extinguished and rescue personnel are now preparing for the subsequent extinguishing, which is expected to take a long time.
Many have been evacuated
In total, about 50 people were evacuated.
However, the building where the fire broke out does not belong to the protected homes. There, exposed flames are seen from the roof.
The rescue service carried out an extensive operation with 70-80 firefighters on site and an excavator was used to demolish parts of the building in order to get to the flames.
There are no reports of anyone being injured. The municipality went into staff mode and opened a reception center for evacuees in a hotel.
National Monuments Hanna Jeran He says that the city has great cultural heritage value.
– That’s very worrying. Kragerø has one of just 200 log homes in the country and the buildings represent our shared history. It is also a very nice and cuddly area to be in. It’s a city with a rich history and it’s associated with artists and shipping, she told VG.
The building where the fire broke out.
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