facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Fire destroys more than 50 homes in Norway

Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:40 AM   |   Comments

SMAVAERET, Norway, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- As many as 70 houses were destroyed Tuesday by a fire that engulfed two villages in Norway, police said.

The fire broke out Monday in Hasvag and Smavaeret villages from what police suspect was two power lines smashing together in high winds, TheLocal.no reported.

"It is very windy at the spot. The wind is blowing at [49 mph], which of course spreads the fire faster and makes it more difficult to put out," officer Johnny Olsen said.

Tor Helge Waago, the captain of a rescue boat, said it was difficult to get his boat close enough to fight the blaze.

"Nobody can do anything," he said. "If we go in to extinguish fires on Smavaeret, the boat will catch fire."

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
China questions Americanism in SATs
2
Dairy Queen hit by Backoff malware breach
3
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop
4
St. Paul police arrest a black man for sitting on a bench waiting for his children
5
Elizabeth Warren defends Israeli airstrikes on schools and hospitals
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback