Dozens of livestock perish in barn fire

A fire which broke out on Monday night in a barn on a farm in Skärstad in central Sweden has claimed the lives of 46 animals.

The fire broke out in the upper floor of the barn over the heads of the animals.

Around 25 firefighters from three stations worked to put out the blaze, but the fate of the animals was sealed before fire crews arrived on the scene.

The animals’ owner and a neighbour discovered the fire and did their best to fight the flames with the fire extinguishers and water they had on hand.

According to the fire crews, the pair’s efforts likely stopped the fire from spreading to the farm’s other buildings.

It remains unclear how long the fire had burned in before being discovered.

The fire consisted primarily of embers and small sparks resulting from the burning hay in the barn’s upper floor. It was the smoke, rather than the flames, which took the animals’ lives.


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.