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Woman sets fire to Konsum

At least 40 flats were evacuated on Sunday when a woman set fire to a Konsum shop in Ockelbo, according to Aftonbladet.

Council officers stepped in to help with evacuating elderly people residing in service flats in the same building as the shop. Some were sent to hospital but nobody was injured. When the police arrived they congratulated the council for their contribution in the rescue operation.

There’s no explanation as to why the woman set fire to the shop. She had arrived in the shop just before noon, carrying a container with petrol. She poured it on the floor, set fire to it and left. The woman has been arrested for arson and has been taken to Gävle police station.

“She was possibly high from something she had taken and the police believes she might even suffer mental illness”, reported Aftonbladet.

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Stockholm firefighters tackle bus depot blaze

Emergency services in Stockholm were continuing on Tuesday morning to tackle a fire that started in a bus depot almost 24 hours earlier.

Stockholm firefighters tackle bus depot blaze
File photo of a fire engine in Stockholm: Pontus Lundahl / TT

The fire, which began at around 10.30am on Monday, is likely to cause problems with traffic diversions and irregular public transport throughout Tuesday, according to SL, the company which runs the capital city's public transport.

“It's still burning and we don't know yet how long we will need to be there. Probably the whole day,” said Hans Eriksson from the Stockholm fire service. “Now we are concentrating on protecting the other surrounding buildings.”

The fire began in connection with work on the roof of the building, which contains a large bus depot and the connected offices.

Eriksson said: “It's an old building with a roof built in a complicated way and construction work, so we haven't wanted to sent people up to the roof and fight the fire from within. That's another reason it's taken longer.”

No buses are reported damaged as most of the fleet were on Stockholm's roads at the time of the fire.

Police have opened an investigation into carelessness endangering of the public.

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