Restaurant ‘explosion’ sends one to hospital

One person was seriously injured after a restaurant in central Sweden caught fire in the early hours of Monday, with witnesses reporting hearing a loud bang and seeing a fireball in the restaurant.

The Alfredo restaurant in central Örebro caught fire in the early hours of Monday morning, with one person taken to the local hospital with serious injuries.

“The fire is extinguished and the area has been cordoned off. We are still unsure of what caused this,” said Per-Anders Olserud of the Örebro police to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

While the fire was put out before the emergency services arrived, police are refusing to speculate on whether the loud noise heard beforehand by bystanders and nearby residents was indeed an explosion.

“I cannot confirm nor deny that there was an explosion. A number of alarms went off inside the mall and we believe it may have been some kind of a bang triggered them. We have also heard the same story from the people living above the shopping mall,” Olserud told the paper.

A police investigation has been launched, and forensic technicians have been on the scene.

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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.