Fierce blaze destroys Luleå workshop

A violent fire that broke out Saturday night in a machine shop in northern Sweden was finally quelched Sunday morning, destroying the building and snuffing out threats of explosion.

A machine shop burst into flames at about 9pm Saturday in an industrial area known as Bergnäset in Luleå, northern Sweden.

Despite around the clock efforts, the blaze was not extinguised until early Sunday morning.

The property, which was completely engulfed in flames, contained about 20 gas cylinders that posed a serious threat of exploding during the course of the blaze.

An area of 300 metres around the 20×50 metre building had been sealed off through the night but the blockade was lifted Sunday morning after the gas cylinders were taken care of.

”Right now we are still trying to cool the building,” Thomas Wikström, duty officer with Luleå emergency services told northern Sweden’s newspaper Norrbotens Kuriren.

Staff reportedly remain on site at Fabriksgatan working to cool down what has been damaged by the fire.

“We do not yet know the cause of the fire. The building was quickly in flames with heavy smoke but there was no risk to the public,” Wikström told Sveriges Radio (SR).

No residential buildings are reported to be in the vicinity and no one has been injured.

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Gothenburg apartment blast suspect found dead

Prosecutors have said that the man suspected as being behind a detonation in Gothenburg last week has been found dead on Wednesday after an apparent suicide.

Police by a Gothenburg pier
Police close to where the suspect's body was found in the water. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Named as Mark Lorentzon by Swedish media, the man was suspected of being behind the pre-dawn blast last Tuesday that injured 16 people at the building where he lived.

City workers pulled a body out of a central Gothenburg waterway early Wednesday that “was identified as that of the man sought by police and prosecutors… after the explosion in a building,” prosecutors said in a statement.

They added that suicide was the most plausible cause of death. The man was the subject of an international arrest warrant issued earlier this week.

The suspect, who had been due to be evicted from the building on the day of the explosion, had vanished without a trace.

The blast, which sparked a major fire, landed 16 people in hospital including four with serious injuries, and residents of 140 apartments were evacuated.