Three dead in Stockholm apartment fire

Three people were found dead on Wednesday morning after a fire broke out in an apartment in Farsta in south Stockholm.

Three dead in Stockholm apartment fire

“We do not suspect any crime. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are not yet known,” police spokesperson Christina Johansson told the TT news agency.

Police were called to the apartment after the 74-year-old woman living there failed to turn up for an appointment at a care centre for the elderly.

Rescue services were later called to the scene, where they found three people lying dead in the fire-damaged apartment. The fire had petered out of its own accord, and it has not yet been ascertained exactly when the blaze occurred.

“The fire probably broke out some time between Monday and today,” said Johansson.

None of the three people who perished in the fire have yet been identified, and police have no information regarding the age or sex of the victims.

Fire rescue officials said one of the rooms in the apartment had burned in the fire, while the remaining rooms were smoke-damaged. As the apartment remained intact and no windows were broken, experts believe the fire may have gone out due to a lack of oxygen.

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Barcelona fire kills four, including two children

A fire ripped through an abandoned bank occupied by squatters in central Barcelona on Tuesday, killing four people, including a baby and a three year-old boy, Spanish firefighters said.

Police and firefighters gather outside an abandoned building where a blaze broke out early on November 30, 2021 in Barcelona, killing four people.
Police and firefighters gather outside an abandoned building where a blaze broke out early on November 30, 2021 in Barcelona, killing four people. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

“While we were battling the fire, we found four people. Emergency services tried to revive them but unfortunately they failed, they could not do anything to save them,” the head of the firefighting operation, Ángel López, told reporters.

Firefighters rescued four other people who were inside the building while putting out the blaze, he added.

Those four were treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters rushed to the scene at around 6 am after being warned that a blaze had broken out in the building, Mr Lopez said.

While Mr López said it was not clear how the four dead people were related, Barcelona-based daily newspaper La Vanguardia said they were all members of a Romanian family.

A spokesman for Catalonia’s regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, said an investigation had been opened into the causes of the fire.

In December 2020, four people were killed after a blaze ripped through an industrial complex occupied by squatters, many of them African migrants, near Barcelona.

Over 100 squatters were believed to be living in precarious conditions at the abandoned complex in Badalona, a suburban town north of the city.

In addition to the four deaths, more than 20 people were injured in the blaze.