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Fire near Stockholm leaves one dead

One person died in an apartment fire on Klippgatan in Solna, just north of Stockholm, early Sunday morning.

Four other people were treated on the scene for minor smoke-related injuries, while the approximately 30 people who resided in the building were evacuated, many with the help of ladder trucks.

The fire’s one fatality was found in a smoke-filled apartment.

Firefighters from four stations were called in to fight the blaze, which was extinguished by 5.30am.

The apartment where the fire started was on the ground floor and was totally destroyed. The fire then spread to the apartment above, but was then brought under control by firefighters.

A forensic investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the fire.

“As of now its unclear when residents can return to their apartments. The building is cordoned off right now, in any case,” said emergency services spokesperson Patrik Kullman.

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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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