Four people were seriously injured in an explosion and fire that broke out in an apartment complex in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Friday (28/9) morning. The four victims consisted of three women and one man. They are said to have been taken to the Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
Firefighters were seen pulling struggling people out of the apartment building, which was engulfed in thick ash plumes.
Public radio SR reported a total of 25 people were injured; and taken to hospital as a result of the incident.
Swedish police said they were still investigating the source of the explosion and fire.
“We believe something exploded which was not of natural causes,” police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg told a news conference.
Fuxborg believes that something “may have been placed at the site of the explosion. He said the fire is still not under control at this time; but residents living in the apartment building have been evacuated.
Meanwhile, emergency officials said the explosion and fire were not due to a gas leak. However, they are reluctant to speculate further and wait for the results of the investigation.
A resident who lives in the apartment, Anja Almen; said she heard a commotion around 05.00 am about 15 minutes after the explosion occurred.
“I went to the balcony and I was shocked. There was smoke everywhere, from every staircase,” he said by telephone; from a nearby church where he and other tenants were evacuated.
“Fire trucks with ladders pulled people from the apartments,” he added.
Sweden is currently struggling to deal with the increase in crime committed by gangsters in recent years. Some gangs did not hesitate to use explosives and firearms to settle disputes.
A report this year shows that in the last two decades; Sweden has gone from being the country with the lowest gun crime rate to one of the highest in Europe.