NORWAY: Arson causes debate on management

Another wooden church burned in Norway earlier this month, by arson. This time, there was a fire alarm in place and the fire could be fought, but this is not always the case. 80 % of churches in Norway have defective electrical systems and ca 33 % do not have fire alarm systems. Oddbjørn Nikolaisen, who is the Church Warden of Misvær Church, which burned most recently, said the municipality has no budget to instal fire alarms. The Bishop Tor B. Jørgensen responds to this by carrying out a survey to have an overview of which churches do not have a fire alarm, and states that this lack of protection is unacceptable.

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