Residents close windows as cars destroyed in Oslo garage blaze

Police advised residents to keep their windows closed early on Friday as a fire ripped through an Oslo garage, burning out 12 cars.

Residents close windows as cars destroyed in Oslo garage blaze
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The fire, in the Alna area, left the cars completely destroyed, media including Dagbladet report.

Two cars initially caught fire before the blaze spread to a garage. The fire became so comprehensive that residents were asked by police to close their windows, Dagbladet writes.

Fire services put out the flames around 6:40am and the area had been secured by emergency services by 8am.

“The scene is currently still too warm for investigations (to begin),” operation leader Sven Christian Lie of Oslo Police District told Dagbladet.

There was no initial indication the fire was deliberately set, Lie also said.

“The investigation will give further clarification on this,” he said.

Surrounding roads were temporarily closed, affecting some bus routes, but these have since been re-opened, according to updates tweeted by Oslo Police.

Buses were forced to queue at one point as the fire engulfed the garage at around 6:20am.

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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