25 in hospital after explosion at block of flats in Sweden’s Gothenburg

25 in hospital after explosion at block of flats in Sweden’s Gothenburg
Rescue service rules out natural cause

About 25 people were in hospital after an explosion at a block of flats in the Swedish city of Gothenburg early on Tuesday, according to local reports.

The Greater Gothenburg Fire and Rescue Service said there was no natural cause behind the explosion. The fire service added there was no gas pipeline in the house.

Police said they had opened an investigation but had no suspects at the time.

At least three of those taken to hospital were seriously injured, Gotesborgs-Posten, a local paper, reported. The local hospital said three over-60s women were seriously injured.

The fire service said 15 units were on the scene. Eleven ambulances were reported on the scene.

Emergency services said several hundred people had been evacuated from the vicinity.

“It’s awkward. There are at least three stairwells that are affected,” said Lotta Molander of the fire service.

A firefighter on the scene of the explosion

The fire service said it was alerted to the explosion just before 5am. A nearby resident told the local paper she was awoken at 4.30am by a loud bang.

The immediate cause of the explosion and fire was unclear. The Nordic country has contended with surging gang crime in recent years, with rival groups employing explosives and fire arms to settle scores.

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