Fatal house fire demolition to begin after long wait

03.06.2021 - 10:22
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 Mynd: Markús Þ. Þórhallsson
The burnt remains of Bræðraborgarstígur 1 in Reykjavík will finally start to be demolished today or tomorrow. Local residents have been complaining about the ruins left by last June’s deadly fire in the building for many months.

Three people died in the fire at the house on 25th June 2020 and one man, Marek Moszczynski, is on trial for killing the three people and on ten counts of attempted murder by allegedly starting the fire deliberately. A verdict in the case is expected from Reykjavík District Court tomorrow. 

The house is ruined and local residents have complained and frequently called for it to be completely demolished for the best part of a year. Personal belongings can still be seen inside, and the ruins still smell of fire. 

The house was owned by HD verk when it burnt down, but the company has since sold it to Þorpið vistfélag. The CEO of Þorpið, Sigurður Smári Gylfason, says all necessary permits are now in place and preparations for the demolition are in their final stage. Work on the site can be expected to start today or tomorrow. 

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