Swedish refugee cen­ter’s fire hurts 17

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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