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Fire ravages exclusive Stockholm address

The guests at an exclusive hotel in central Stockholm were forced to leave on Tuesday afternoon, with six fire engines currently fighting the blaze in the adjacent building.

Six fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze at the building adjoining the hotel Diplomat in Stockholm. The fire was reportedly so extensive that traffic in the immediate area was stopped soon after the fire broke out at 4.15pm.

“It is a fully developed fire on the roof of the building,” said Joakim Tapper of the Stockholm fire department to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The smoke allegedly swept throughout the hotel building, which was subsequently evacuated.

A dozen emergency vehicles were at the scene including three ambulances, however no one has so far been reported injured, according to the paper.

The luxury hotel is on Strandvägen in central Stockholm, and is popular with international guests.

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FIRE

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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