Refuse tip fire smokes out Stockholm

Smoke billowing from a fire at a refuse station in southern Stockholm has caused a slew of calls from concerned residents across the city to the emergency services.

Refuse tip fire smokes out Stockholm

The fire at Gladö kvarn refuse station began on Friday and is expected to continue to burn for several days, according to Ulf Sjöholm at the emergency services in Stockholm.

“It is a large refuse pile which is burning. It is more than 50 metres long, 15 metres wide and 6 metres high,” he said.

The fire is reported to be under control and the emergency services have left the remaining work to extinguish the blaze to the refuse station’s owners.

“They are using trucks, lamps and are extinguishing as needed. They have their own resources for this,” Ulf Sjöholm said.

The fire started last Friday and led to a false alarm that the Royal Palace in central Stockholm was on fire. The call prompted a massive response despite the fire’s source being several kilometres away.

The fire led to a series of calls to emergency services over the weekend.

Ulf Sjöholm stated that the smoke, while detectable across the city, is not dangerous as it is sufficiently diluted.

He warned however that the fire is likely to burn for several more days and thus the smoke will continue.

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Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port

UPDATE: A ferry that ran aground next to islands between Finland and Sweden with nearly 430 crew and passengers on board, was refloated and heading for port, its owners said Sunday.

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port
The Viking Line ship Grace hit rocks in in the Aland archipelago. Photo AFP

The Viking Line's “Grace” hit rocks on Saturday afternoon while sailing between the Finnish port of Turku and the Swedish capital Stockholm, shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn, in the Aland archipelago, Finland's coast guard said.

The passengers had to spend the night on board, though there was no immediate danger as it was not taking on water. No one was hurt in the incident.

A tug boat helped refloat the ferry in the small hours of Sunday morning, the coast guard said on Twitter.

After disembarking around 260 passengers at Mariehamn, it went on to its home port of Turku in Finland, a Viking Line spokeswoman told AFP Sunday. It would undergo repairs in the coming days, she added.

Although the cause of the accident has yet to be established, the coast guard said there were strong winds in the area at the time.

The company cancelled its Saturday ferry service, which was to have been taken by a smaller vessel, because of a storm warning.

In September, another Viking Line ferry, the Amorella, ran aground on the same Aaland Island and the passengers had to be evacuated.