Train services halted by serious fire. Several thousand travellers affected. No trains until Tuesday
All train services have been halted after the fire in Hässleholm. The police suspect that it is arson. Nobody was injured.
Nearby buildings were evacuated, including Netto, a former industrial premises for Svenska Lantägg and a gym.
Witnesses have seen suspects by the building just before the fire. The police are investigating the fire as aggravated arson. The locomotive shed must have been empty. A container next to the shed was also burned down.
Firefighters from Hässleholm, Kristianstad, Tyringe, Bjärnum and Vinslö participated in efforts to put the fire out.
– We are very pleased that we have put the fire out, says Per Friis from the emergency services.
Hässleholm is an important hub for train services in the south of Sweden. Several thousand travellers have been affected by the fire. Two of Skånetrafiken's trains were without power and had to be evacuated.
A train stood without power on the railway, on Route 23. The police helped evacuate the approximately 350 passengers.
Several routes were affected due to the power blackout.
It may take up to a week before train services pass through Hässleholm again.
– We must inspect the damage. We are not allowed to look at the damage until the fire has been put out. We just know that it’s a stop in all directions, says Denny Josefsson, Press Officer at Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration).