Dane killed in Norwegian farm explosion

Police suspect that fertiliser gases ignited

A Danish farmer lost his life in Norway on Monday after the pig stable he was working in suddenly exploded and collapsed, according to agriculture news outlet Landbrugsavisen.

Erik Brinkmann, 48, was working at the farm located in Sør-Fron just north of Lillehammer when the explosion – which neighbours several kilometres away heard and felt – occurred. The Dane was later found in the rubble of the collapsed building.

Kripos on the case
According to local Norwegian media, the cause of the explosion is not yet known, but local police suspect that gases caused by fertiliser ignited somehow.

“It’s a possibility,” Kai Førlandsås, the lead police inspector on the case, told the local newspaper Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen.

“We don’t have any information about anything else that could have caused it, but we can’t rule out that possibility.”

The Norwegian national criminal investigation service Kripos is helping getting to the bottom of the case.




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