Arson suspected after Södertälje blazes

Police in Södertälje have launched an arson investigation following two suspicious fires which broke out in the city early Monday morning.

Authorities were called to a powerful blaze which broke out around 2am at a tanning salon in the centre of the Brunnsängs district.

Those who called in the fire reported having seen someone throw a fire bomb or similar object into the building followed by two people fleeing the area, according to police.

Residents in the area were evacuated, but the fire failed to spread beyond the tanning spa. By 3.30am, the fire had been extinguished and the area had been cordoned off for a technical investigation.

“It’s actually remarkable that it went so well, since it was really burning early on,” said Södertörn fire department spokesperson Henrik Nyman to the TT news agency.

Two hours earlier another fire had broken out at an Ica Maxi grocery store in the Södertälje’s Gensta district.

The fire started in two different parts of the building.

While the facility’s sprinkler system was triggered by the fire, the entire building suffered smoke damage, according to emergency services.


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.