The fire started at the home on Arakór in Kópavogur at around 15.00 on Tuesday. It was the home of Erna Óladóttir and her eleven dogs. Erna is a dog breeder.
“I was going to the vets with my dog and before I know it—in less than five minutes—my mum rings and says it’s on fire. I turn around, come back and the first thing I want to do is try and run in there.”
“Because my little babies are inside, whining and crying and I can’t do anything.”
Four dogs survived the fire, plus the one that was out with Erna. Six died.
“It was like a horror movie. So, so painful. To hear them whining and yelping and fighting for their lives in there and you can’t do anything. The only thing you can do is to wait and stand and hope. I was totally sure all were dead. It was that bad.”
The fire is believed to have been started by a lamp. Erna was allowed to take the fourth and final survivor home yesterday.
This one in your hood: she is badly burnt?
"Yes, she was the only one to have been physically injured, apart from those that died. She has a wound on her nose. She was dead but they managed to resuscitate her. She came back,” Erna says.
The above video is in Icelandic, but the by-turns touching and disturbing images tell their own story. Viewer discretion is advised.