Sweden’s summer spate of car fires continues

Sweden's summer spate of car fires continues
A car fire in Malmö on Monday night. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Dozens of vehicles were set alight overnight in towns across Sweden.

Cars were torched in Malmö for the ninth consecutive night. Emergency services were called out to put out two fires within nine minutes, with one alarm raised at 1.28am and the other at 1.37am.

“There were two incidents close to each other in time in Malmö, but we had no problems handling both incidents,” emergency control room officer Gustaf Sandell told the TT newswire.

A resident in the area was able to use fire extinguisher to stop the first fire in the Fosie district from spreading. Another three cars were gutted in Rosengård in the second incident.

More than 70 cars have been torched in Malmö since early July. Police figures put out earlier this month show that the number of car burnings in the city halved between 2009 and 2015.

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Another car was set on fire in the nearby university town of Lund just after 2am on Wednesday. And a number of cars were torched in Norrköping in central Sweden at around 3.45am.

“It's a large number of cars, about 20, that have more or less been destroyed,” police control room officer Torbjörn Lindqvist told TT.

A witness told officers they had seen a group of people at one of the vehicles in Norrköping just before the fire started and police said they were appealing for other witnesses to come forward.