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Firefighters dead after truck plunges into ravine

Two firefighters are dead and three others have been injured after a fire engine drove off the road into a ravine in central Sweden after responding to a call.

Firefighters dead after truck plunges into ravine

The crash occurred on Thursday afternoon outside of Söderbärke in Dalarna, according to police reports.

One of the firefighters who died is a man in his thirties. The other firefighter died later in the afternoon.

The other three firefighters, one of which is a woman, have minor injuries, according to Lars Andersson with emergency services in Dalarna.

The two firefighters who died had been trapped following the accident.

All of the firefighters involved in the accident worked part time for the fire department.

The accident occurred just after midday on Thursday when the fire engine passed another truck and lost control.

“Opposite is a ravine that is seven metres deep. They went straight through the fence there and directly down, so that the vehicle was hit around and ended up at the bottom of the ravine,” said Lars Andersson.

The Smedjebacken municipality has set up a support group for counseling, offering people a place to gather for support.

The group contains support personnel and counsellers from the Swedish church and the police.

Meanwhile, the police have begun a forensic investigation into the crash.

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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.

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