In a harrowing incident in Norway, four family members were found dead in a house filled with smoke in the Nes municipality, just outside Oslo. According to reports from VG and other Norwegian media, the victims included two women, a child, and a man.
The Norwegian police, after their initial investigation on Tuesday evening, believe that the man among the deceased is responsible for the deaths of the three others, followed by his own suicide.
The victims were closely related, as confirmed by the police. Among the deceased was a woman employed by the police force. Police Inspector Grete Metlid stated that there was no partner relationship between the presumed perpetrator and the other victims. The motive behind this tragic event has not yet been established.
Cecilie Lilaas-Skaari, the district police chief, conveyed that it appeared to be a case of murder and subsequent suicide. She emphasized the deep impact of this tragedy on the community, particularly on the Øst police district, which lost a cherished colleague. Lilaas-Skaari expressed her deepest sympathies towards the family and loved ones of the victims.
The police chief refrained from disclosing details about the ages or genders of the deceased, only confirming that they all resided in the Nes municipality.
The police response was significant when the alert about a smoke-filled house was received just before noon on Tuesday. Magnus Hovelsrud Andersen, the police operation leader, described the scene upon arrival and confirmed that four individuals were extracted from the house and pronounced dead.
This discovery led the police to investigate the case as a homicide. However, they assured the local community that there was no reason for public alarm regarding their safety.
The investigation into this tragic family incident continues, as the community and the police force come to terms with the loss and seek answers to this devastating event.