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No foul play behind fatal summer fire

TT/The Local · 16 Oct 2009, 18:00

Published: 16 Oct 2009 18:00 GMT+02:00

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Three separate investigations have all reached the conclusion that the deaths of a mother, her five daughters, and a teenage girl occurred after a lamp caught fire in a bedroom in an apartment on the ground floor of a block of flats. The Somali family killed in the blaze lived on the fifth floor.

The investigations - carried out by the police, the National Laboratory of Forensic Science, and the Swedish Accident Investigation Board - each concluded that the fire broke out when a piece of cloth fell over a lamp, causing it burn and eventually short circuit.

Investigators believe this is the only credible explanation for the fire.

Once the fire broke out, it spread to other objects in the bedroom, which was unoccupied. By the time the residents realised what was happening the blaze had already taken full hold.

"The occupants were force to evacuate the apartment as quickly as they could. When the firemen arrived at the scene the apartment was ablaze," police spokesman Mats Eriksson told the TT news agency.

Prosecutors have now dropped the case in light of the investigations' findings.

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The fire broke out late in the evening of July 20th in a ground floor apartment in Rinkeby in north-west Stockholm. The occupants of the apartment ravaged by the blaze managed to leave the building.

But higher up in the building, a Somali mother, her five young children and a teenage girl all died of smoke inhalation in the stairwell while trying to flee the building.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

20:41 October 16, 2009 by HejHej
The picture shows women doing worship. I failed to understand the link between topic and the picture. I can smell the PEACEFUL mind of the author of this article..
21:17 October 16, 2009 by Kaethar
It was thought that this may have been a arson attack upon them because most of the buildings residents were muslims.
22:25 October 16, 2009 by HejHej
The tiltle picture has no relevance with the article other than to invite or generate haterd comments (cheap tactis by TL) from various loosers whom I am expecting tomorrow after the hangover...
00:33 October 17, 2009 by Nemesis
@ HejDHej.

Agreed and well said
04:13 October 17, 2009 by travels
If you rest your mouse's arrow on the picture you might see that the legend for the picture reads "Mourners gather at the funeral of the victims of the fire", the picture is of the funeral for the people that died in that fire.
05:52 October 17, 2009 by Dazzler
Good eye "Travels" ...perhaps the reactionists will shut their feeble cakeholes now.

Not everything is racism.
12:51 October 17, 2009 by HejHej
@Dazzler... 'Not everyhing is racism' , so you agree that most of things are racism... Even the word 'funeral' has never been used in the topic, and one get an impression as if victims were from different community ... If I had been the author of this article, I would have preferred something which shows ppl from different walk of life showin their sympatheis with the bereaved family or atleast explaining the gathering...... I mean in the article you will find words like somali family, somali mother........ shouldnt it be a swedish family or a swedish citizen mother... these seem trivial things but repercussions can be different.
13:07 October 19, 2009 by Beynch
The purpose of the picture related to this article is to tell you that the fire was not deliberatly set, because many of these people come from cultures where there is no running water or electricity. Hence they lack the necessary reference points to determine when you overload an electrical cirquit, for example. The only failure here, that sould be addressed, is the fact that the Swedish authorities have failed in their efforts to integrate, culturally, these Somalis in how one lives in a civilized, western, society. Hence the fatal summer fire.
17:16 October 19, 2009 by Småland
the picture are from the funeral for the the people who died in the fire.
17:29 October 19, 2009 by Leprehcaun
Who cares about the damn picture? Personally I think that the picture is supposed to show people who are mourning; you people actually call TL racist because of no other reason than showing a picture of non-Swedes (it feels like I've written this before..)?! Omfg.. stop it; don't say another word.

When did anyone suspect that this was an arson? Because they aren't Swedish? That's the reason? Omg it's so embarrassing to live here. Fires start burning every day, Swedes die in fires too, why is it so shocking that immigrants aren't immortal? Why is racism the first thing people think about? It didn't even cross my mind when I heard about the fire..

Fine you hate Swedes and think we are nationalistic Nazis who donate the most per capita in the world and take in.. LOTS of people because we are nationalistic Nazis, I get it, but stop it some time, would you? It's so tiresome and we have already gotten the message. Foreigners are better than us in every single way and we are bad people because we exist; but here is a thought; if you hate us that much, why stay here?
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