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House fire kills boy,9, and his grandparents

An elderly couple and their 9-year-old grandson were killed in a house fire in the Stockholm suburb of Täby on Thursday evening.

House fire kills boy,9, and his grandparents

“This is naturally a huge tragedy,” Stockholm police spokesperson Tomas Ibstedt told the Metro newspaper.

Emergency services received a call about the fire around 5.30pm on Thursday.

“Someone saw flames coming out from the door,” Ibstedt told the TT news agency.

When fire crews arrived on the scene nine minutes later, the fire was raging.

Firefighters quickly found the three victims, a man and a woman in their seventies, and a young boy.

Two of the victims were found just inside the door, while the third was found farther inside the house.

By around 6pm, just 30 minutes after receiving a call about the fire, crews had extinguished the blaze.

“It’s not totally destroyed, but several rooms are burned and they have fire damage,” Jonas Fröjmark of the Stockholm fire department told TT.

According to a Scanpix photographer who was on the scene, the house looked relatively intact from the outside, but signs of the fire could be seen through the windows.

A preliminary forensic assessment has been conducted into what may have caused the fire.

“It’s most likely that the fire started in the television,” said lead police investigator Håkan Melin to TT on Friday afternoon.

Note: an earlier version of this article indicated that the boy mentioned in the story was 10-years-old. That information has now been updated.

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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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