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Firefighters dead after truck plunges into ravine

Two firefighters are dead and three others have been injured after a fire engine drove off the road into a ravine in central Sweden after responding to a call.

Firefighters dead after truck plunges into ravine

The crash occurred on Thursday afternoon outside of Söderbärke in Dalarna, according to police reports.

One of the firefighters who died is a man in his thirties. The other firefighter died later in the afternoon.

The other three firefighters, one of which is a woman, have minor injuries, according to Lars Andersson with emergency services in Dalarna.

The two firefighters who died had been trapped following the accident.

All of the firefighters involved in the accident worked part time for the fire department.

The accident occurred just after midday on Thursday when the fire engine passed another truck and lost control.

“Opposite is a ravine that is seven metres deep. They went straight through the fence there and directly down, so that the vehicle was hit around and ended up at the bottom of the ravine,” said Lars Andersson.

The Smedjebacken municipality has set up a support group for counseling, offering people a place to gather for support.

The group contains support personnel and counsellers from the Swedish church and the police.

Meanwhile, the police have begun a forensic investigation into the crash.

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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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