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70 evacuated from Stockholm fire

At least 70 people were forced from their homes due to a major fire which broke out in a six-storey building on Södermalm in central Stockholm on Friday evening.

The fire continued to smoulder on Saturday morning as fire-fighters worked to extinguish the blaze. The fire service expected to be occupied with extinguishing the last of the fire for most of Saturday.

The fire was ablaze when emergency services arrived at the scene shortly before 9.30pm. The blaze raged for several hours and was brought under control at around 1am on Saturday.

The attic was completely destroyed in the fire but no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remained unknown on Saturday morning. Due to the extreme heat and ongoing work to extinguish the fire, police technicians have not been able to approach the building and conduct an examination.

For several hours there was an acute risk that the fire would spread to an apartment located just below the seat of the fire. However, fire-fighters were able to save the apartment from the fire but water damage to the property was reported to be severe.

The social services were called in to assist some of the building’s residents with finding alternative temporary accommodation while others were able to return home or could find shelter with friends for the remained of the night.

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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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