Nighttime blaze engulfs building, leaves one injured

A fire broke out late Thursday night in Byske.

Police suspect arson or reckless endangerment.

Police suspect arson or reckless endangerment.

Foto: Johan Nilsson/TT

Skellefteå2023-08-25 09:01

Around 11:30 PM, an alarm was received. There was a fire in a multi-family house in Byske. Firefighting units from Skellefteå, Byske, and Fällfors were dispatched.

One person was reportedly transported to the hospital by ambulance. The extent of the injuries is unclear.

By midnight, the fire was extinguished, and crews remained to ensure it hadn't spread. They also assisted with ventilation. The apartment suffered heavy smoke damage. Shortly after 1:00 AM, the firefighters were done and returned to the station.

The area is cordoned off.

Update 07:20 AM

According to an operator at SOS Alarm, the fire involved an exterior wall.

"The operation was completed at 01:15 AM," the operator said.

Update 08:14 AM

The apartment has been sealed off pending a technical investigation.

The incident is being classified as either arson or reckless endangerment.