Intense fire burns in Swedish capital apartment block

Firefighters were on Saturday struggling to contain a fire that broke out on Friday night just a few kilometres away from the city's Eurovision venue, the Globe Arena.

Intense fire burns in Swedish capital apartment block
A large area around Bondegatan, Åsögatan, Ploggatan and Barnängsgatan is cordoned off to traffic and pedestrians. Photo: TT

The fire broke out on Friday night in an apartment block at the intersection of Bondegatan/Duvnäsgatan in the Södermalm district of Stockholm, just north of the arena.

However only two people had complained of suffering from smoke inhalation by late on Saturday afternoon, with no other injuries reported.

A total of 35 residents were asked to leave their homes and city emergency authorities said they had resigned themselves to the probability that the fire would spread to other apartment blocks in the area..

Niklas Carl Weitz, lead operator at the Greater Stockholm fire department told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet: “The fire is likely to spread to other buildings. The roof may also collapse.”

A large area around Bondegatan, Åsögatan, Ploggatan and Barnängsgatan is cordoned off to traffic and pedestrians.

So far, the cause of the fire has not been established, but an investigation into suspected aggravated arson has begun, according to police.


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.