Swedish refugee center’s fire hurts 17
HELSINKI — Swedish police said Sunday that at least 17 people were injured when a fire broke out overnight at one of the country’s largest refugee centers, outside Vanersborg in southwestern Sweden.
Police spokesman Tommy Nyman said two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries after jumping out of a second-floor window to escape the blaze, and that 15 people were treated for smoke inhalation.
He said police received the alarm around 4:15 a.m. Sunday and that all 158 people in the building were evacuated. Firefighters extinguished the flames.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Nyman said police will be investigating.
Last year, there were 112 fires at Swedish refugee and reception centers, most of them involving arson.