The alarm was raised at six o’clock on Friday morning at the Banken restaurant in the town centre. Six people were staying in a flat belonging to the restaurant. They included restaurant staff and members of a band. Five people managed to escape by jumping from first floor windows or by climbing down the fire brigade’s ladders.
One woman had to be rescued by firemen. The woman is said to be unconscious but in a stable condition. The remaining five peoplewere taken to hospital suffering from burns and the effects of smoke inhalation.
By 9.30 on Friday, firefighters reported that the blaze was under control, although it seems that there are scant hopes of saving anything of Banken:
“The restaurant is completely burnt out,” emergency service spokesman Torgny Ekholm told Sydsvenska Dagbladet.
Police say that it is too early to speculate on the cause of the fire, and a full investigation will be carried out.
Aftonbladet reports that the fire is the second to hit the restaurant’s owners in the past month. A restaurant in Eskilstuna which on April 30th was burned down in an arson attack was owned by the same company that owns the restaurant in Kristianstad, the paper says.