Police detain four over cow-killing blaze

Police have detained four people in connection with a fire that killed 70 cows in the barn of an agricultural high school about 50 kilometres south of Stockholm.

Police detain four over cow-killing blaze

The blaze took place in late March at the Naturbruksgymnasium high school in Ytterjärna, where a giant barn burnt to the ground taking the lives of the cattle. No person was injured in the incident.

The suspects are aged between 20 and 50. Local police believe there is a connection between the fire and several other fires in the area.

“The way it looks now, there are about four to five fires, but we think that there are more in Sörmland and Södertälje. I don’t want to go into details about which fires they are. But we think the number will grow,” Anders Göransson of the local police told Sveriges Radio (SR).

Police refused to go into details about the motives of the suspected arsonists.

“It’s clear that we have come to conclusions on this front, but I don’t want to go into it now. The investigation is confidential.”

The agricultural high school where the barn was burned 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.