Fire forces 12 to move out of apartments early Monday morning; second early-morning incident in two days

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A fire in an apartment building on Vei 232 shortly before 4 a.m. Monday forced 12 residents to evacuate the building for about 12 hours while officials investigated the incident. The cause remains undetermined and the National Criminal Investigation Service is scheduled to investigate the matter Tuesday.

“All residents were told that the building is evacuated and no one has been injured,” Police Chief Lt. Vidar Arnesen told Svalbardposten shortly after the fire was extinguished. “There were flames in a storage room in the building, but the fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department.”

The fire in the first-floor storage room didn’t cause significant exterior damage, although numerous items from the room were piled outside the building’s entrance and police tape was strung around the perimeter. Residents were housed at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel before being allowed back home late Monday afternoon.

A second early-morning incident occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday due a pizza burning in an oven in an apartment in the center of town. A 20-year-old woman in the apartment who was awake is being fined 6,500 kroner for the firefighter’s response, and police are determining if charges and subsequent fine are appropriate.

 

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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