Swedish farm school blaze kills 70 cattle

Seventy cows died in the early hours of Friday after a barn at an agricultural high school about 50 kilometres south of Stockholm caught fire.

Swedish farm school blaze kills 70 cattle

Emergency services were alerted to the fire at the giant barn at Naturbruksgymnasium high school in the town Ytterjärna at about 2.30am.

Firefighters from six nearby stations rushed to the rescue, but the barn’s structure had crumbled by morning.

“Now we just have minimal presence on site – one firetruck and two staff – to make sure the remains of the fire don’t spread,” emergency service spokesman Roger Magnusson told the TT news agency.

He said the cause of the fire was yet to be determined.

“When we arrived the barn was more or less entirely engulfed by fire so it is difficult to even say where it started,” said Magnusson.

“The other two buildings on campus that contain a workshop, classrooms, a hay loft, and stables seem to be unaffected,” he added.

No people were hurt in the blaze.

The agricultural high school is owned by the Nibble Foundation (Nibblestiftelsen), which focuses on biodynamic milk production.

Ytterjärna and its environs are home to many agricultural and educational establishments inspired by the anthroposophic movement.

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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.