Fire causes woman to leap from fourth floor

A woman leapt from her fourth floor apartment to escape a fire at an assisted living facility in northwest Stockholm early on Monday morning.

“She’s seriously injured and has been taken to intensive care,” said police spokesperson Bengt Kihlberg to the TT news agency.

The fire broke out on the third floor the facility, located on Ormängsgatan in Hässelby, around 1.30am on Monday morning.

According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, the fire started in an apartment on the third floor, causing smoke to spread through the hallways and to the upper floors of the building.

More than 40 firefighters from six stations arrived on the scene to battle the blaze, which was extinguished by 4am.

But the firefighters’ quick work wasn’t enough to stop one panicked resident from leaping from her third floor apartment to the ground below.

A number of the building’s residents were evacuated, although there were no other reports of injuries.

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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.