Sweden's biathlon team, which is building towards the Winter Olympics, escaped uninjured from a hotel fire at a tournament in Germany, the sport's international federation said.
Police in the Bavarian town of Ruhpolding said that the blaze was caused by a technical problem and the alarm raised at
"We had a guardian angel," Anders Byström, the team's national co-ordinator, told the Expressen newspaper.
The athletes were moved to a house nearby and took part in a men's World Cup event later in the afternoon where they finished in fourth spot.
The 2014 Winter Olympics get underway in Sochi on .