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Smoke engulfs Malmö after body shop fire

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Smoke engulfs Malmö after body shop fire
09:31 CEST+02:00
Malmö residents were urged to stay indoors on Saturday evening as smoke enveloped the city for the second time in a fortnight following a fire at a car repair firm in the harbour area of the city.

"The building is going to burn down. We are focusing our work on seeing to it that the fire doesn't spread to other buildings in the vicinity. We have high hopes of success," said Martin Gertsson at the emergency services on Saturday.

The fire generated a great deal of smoke in the harbour area and across the city and the fire services put out a call for residents to close windows and stay inside if they were affected by the fumes.

News of the fire, on Lodgatan in Malmö harbour, came in to the emergency services at fire at 5.46 pm on Saturday. Around 20 people were engaged in the work to extinguish the fire on Saturday evening.

The premises belong to a car body shop and there were fears that paint coiuld have stoked the flames.

The exact cause of the fire remained uncertain on Sunday morning.

"This will be investigated by the police and us together," said Martin Gertsson.

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