At 3.38 a.m. the fire alarm sounded. By 5 a.m. at least 50 firemen were busy trying to extinguish the flames at Birger Jarlsgatan 37 and the Crystal Plaza Hotel at Birger Jarlsgatan 39.
Aside from rental apartments, the Birger Jarlsgatan 37 address also house the Zita cinema and the embassies of Cyprus, Kenya and Senegal.
Nobody was injured in the blaze, according to the fire brigade.
“The fire is not completely under control but at the moment there is no great risk of it spreading,” said fire brigade spokesman Mats Kero.
Approximately 100 people, consisting of residents and hotel guests, have been evacuated from the two buildings.
“We were awoken by the fire alarm at about twenty to four, and by the smell of smoke from the hotel corridors,” said Fredrik Klaar, one of those evacuated from the Crystal Plaza Hotel.
According to Klaar and his wife Mia, who are on their honeymoon in Stockholm, the evacuation proceeded calmly.
The area is expected to be cordoned off for most of Wednesday morning. But tenants and hotel guests will be able to return to their lodgings later in the day.