Fire was discovered in one of the oldest buildings in North Iceland’s largest town at around 19.00, when a neighbour reported seeing smoke.
The fire brigade was quick to the scene and started attempting to save the timber structure. Fire fighters in protective gear entered the building, where they found the man unconscious on the middle floor. He was rushed to Akureyri hospital but doctors there decided he needed more specialist treatment in Reykjavík and a medical flight was set up.
The fire was extinguished before midnight, but there was still a lot of heat and smoke in the building. The area was monitored closely all night and the investigation into what caused the blaze will begin today.
According to fire chief Ólafur Stefánsson, the building is very badly damaged and its roof was torn open to douse the flames from above. It will probably need to be demolished. The three-storey residential property was built in 1905 and is one of the oldest of its kind in Akureyri.