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Three dead in Stockholm apartment fire

Three people were found dead on Wednesday morning after a fire broke out in an apartment in Farsta in south Stockholm.

Three dead in Stockholm apartment fire

“We do not suspect any crime. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are not yet known,” police spokesperson Christina Johansson told the TT news agency.

Police were called to the apartment after the 74-year-old woman living there failed to turn up for an appointment at a care centre for the elderly.

Rescue services were later called to the scene, where they found three people lying dead in the fire-damaged apartment. The fire had petered out of its own accord, and it has not yet been ascertained exactly when the blaze occurred.

“The fire probably broke out some time between Monday and today,” said Johansson.

None of the three people who perished in the fire have yet been identified, and police have no information regarding the age or sex of the victims.

Fire rescue officials said one of the rooms in the apartment had burned in the fire, while the remaining rooms were smoke-damaged. As the apartment remained intact and no windows were broken, experts believe the fire may have gone out due to a lack of oxygen.

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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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