Smoke warning for south Stockholm after blaze

Emergency services warned residents of southern Stockholm on Thursday afternoon that toxic smoke was spreading across the area, following a violent blaze that torched apartments throughout the morning.

Smoke warning for south Stockholm after blaze

“All smoke is poisonous and dangerous. Close all the windows and doors and stay inside if it is possible,” said Robert Eriksson of the Stockholm fire brigade to the TT news agency.

The fire, which started on a balcony in Skarpnäck on Thursday morning, spread throughout a set of apartment blocks, with emergency services fighting until after midday to extinguish the flames.


The fire broke out around 7am, however no one was in the flat at the time, and no one has been injured seriously.

40 people have been evacuated from their homes, most of whom are taking shelter at a local high school as the smoke continues to spread.

The fire spread through the attics of the apartment block, eventually damaging the roof and attic beyond repair.

Thirteen ambulances and thirteen fire engines were on the scene throughout the morning, as well as one ambulance helicopter.

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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.