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Fire ravages refugee housing facility

Fire ravages refugee housing facility

Published: 31 Jan 2012 08:28 GMT+01:00
Updated: 31 Jan 2012 08:28 GMT+01:00

A violent fire erupted at a refugee housing facility in central Sweden early Tuesday morning, forcing the evacuation of 80 residents and sending at least three people to hospital.

The facility is operated by the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) and is located at Gamla Nalles motel in Arboga in central Sweden.

The fire broke out in the facility's restaurant.

Fire crews received a call about the fire around 3.40am, but by the time they arrived, the blaze had ravaged much of the building.

“The restaurant area is completely engulfed,” firefigher Conny Larsson told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Around 80 refugees housed at the facility have been evacuated. Three people were taken to hospital with smoke-related injuries, but it remains unclear how serious their injuries are.

By Tuesday morning, the fire had been brought under control and police are now waiting for the flames to be completely extinguished before launching a forensic investigation.

“It's a pretty large, long building. The restaurant area was burned quite significantly,” Västmanland police spokesperson Terje Lund told the TT news agency.

The evacuees were taken to a parish house run in Arboga by the Church of Sweden where they were met by members of the municipality's crisis group.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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11:06 January 31, 2012 by johnny1939
Parish house? Maybe they are Moslems. Put them up in the nicest hotel in Arborga if there is such a thing. You can do better migrationsverkedt!
11:40 January 31, 2012 by Puffin
@johnny1939

It's normal to take being to a Community Centre/village hall as an acute measure for emergency food and shelter - it is almost always that people involved in fires/road accidents and other disasters are taken here in the first instance so that they can

- can give witness statements - was this an accident or arson?

- meet the crisis team

- see medical staff

- meet their social workers/Migrationsteam

Today they will be found temporary accomodation either in other centres, hotels or in some areas they have evacuation apartments for these types of emergency
17:23 January 31, 2012 by Rod Munch
This is not a surprise at all. If you follow new media then you'll know that arson, rape and violence is common at these refugee housing facilities. Arson though, is a new one. And hopefully not the start of a trend.
19:36 January 31, 2012 by Puffin
@Rod Munch

Years ago there was a wave of arson attacks on the resident of refugee centres committed by racist gangs
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