Body found in Lerøy blaze

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A MAN has been con­firmed dead fol­low­ing a fire at Nor­we­gian salmon farmer Lerøy’s hatch­ery in the north of the coun­try.

The body of the man, aged 35, has been iden­ti­fied by po­lice. He was an em­ployee of a com­pany that makes plas­tic prod­ucts and had been work­ing at the Lak­se­fjord plant in Fin­n­mar when the fire broke out on a Sun­day in Jan­uary.

Lerøy, the world’s sec­ond largest salmon and trout farm­ing group, re­port­edly lost 2.6 mil­lion young fish in the blaze.

The stock weighed 50 to 60g each and were due to be re­leased in April 2019, Lerøy said.

‘Lerøy Seafood Group will con­tinue to as­sist the sub­con­trac­tor, the po­lice and other pub­lic bod­ies in con­duct­ing an en­quiry into what has hap­pened,’ the group said in a state­ment.

Lerøy farms salmon and trout in Nor­way and owns 50 per cent of Scot­tish Sea Farms, Scot­land’s sec­ond big­gest pro­ducer.

The Nor­we­gian com­pany also sells wild pro­duce since buy­ing Hav­fisk, Nor­way’s largest trawler com­pany, in 2016.

It har­vested 162,000 tonnes of farmed trout and salmon in 2018, up from around 158,000 tonnes the pre­vi­ous year.

Above: Aerial view of the dam­aged plant

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