Two die in hotel fire

The unlikely focus of last weekend's papers was Borgholm on Öland, where one of Sweden's most famous hotels burnt down, claiming two lives and leaving a third person in a critical condition.

The Hotel Borgholm is over a hundred years old and made mostly of wood. It is owned by Karin Fransson, a well known TV and radio chef who, as all the tabloids reported, “watched her life’s work go up in flames”.

Fortunately there were only six guests staying at the hotel at the time of the fire; the following night it would have been full.

While Saturday’s Aftonbladet was packed with photographs and diagrams of the blaze – as well as some helpful tips on what you should do if you find yourself in a burning hotel – DN reflected on an odd coincidence in the town: since 1953 all seven of Borgholm’s large hotels have hosted fires.

By Wednesday the local police had ruled out arson, but they would not be drawn on whether anyone would be prosecuted for criminal negligence.

There is no doubt, however, that sabotage is behind three recent attacks on Stockholm University’s biochemistry department. The problem is, nobody is quite sure why.

Last Tuesday night, according to Svenska Dagbladet, one of the institution’s gas taps was opened, apparently with the intention of creating an explosion the following morning. On the previous two occasions, cold storage equipment was shut down and scientists’ experiments were ruined.

The head of the department, Stefan Nordlund, dismissed the obvious suspects: “The institute stopped animal research a long time ago – and there have never been any threats from animal rights activists.”