Fire forces a hundred from their homes

A fire forced more than one hundred people from their homes late Thursday night as they risked being engulfed by the smoke from burning tires in the Bergsjön area of southern city Gothenburg.

Fire forces a hundred from their homes

Emergency services were alerted to the fire around 10pm and sent more than 50 firefighters to the scene, reports the TT news agency.

The fire took hold of three apartment buildings and an elderly care centre, before spreading down into an underground garage.

There the burning tires on about 15 cars added to the thick smoke.

The fire was put out by 1am Friday morning and several residents in the area were allowed to return, but about 20 apartments have been left uninhabitable, writes local paper Göteborgs-Posten.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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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.