Swedish farm school blaze kills 70 cattle

Seventy cows died in the early hours of Friday after a barn at an agricultural high school about 50 kilometres south of Stockholm caught fire.

Swedish farm school blaze kills 70 cattle

Emergency services were alerted to the fire at the giant barn at Naturbruksgymnasium high school in the town Ytterjärna at about 2.30am.

Firefighters from six nearby stations rushed to the rescue, but the barn’s structure had crumbled by morning.

“Now we just have minimal presence on site – one firetruck and two staff – to make sure the remains of the fire don’t spread,” emergency service spokesman Roger Magnusson told the TT news agency.

He said the cause of the fire was yet to be determined.

“When we arrived the barn was more or less entirely engulfed by fire so it is difficult to even say where it started,” said Magnusson.

“The other two buildings on campus that contain a workshop, classrooms, a hay loft, and stables seem to be unaffected,” he added.

No people were hurt in the blaze.

The agricultural high school is owned by the Nibble Foundation (Nibblestiftelsen), which focuses on biodynamic milk production.

Ytterjärna and its environs are home to many agricultural and educational establishments inspired by the anthroposophic movement.

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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.