Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Horrible Christmas

Burned-out row-house



Last night I suddenly heard a helicopter flying low over Tungelsta. A fire had started in a house at Kulgränd. Someone apparently left a candle burning while taking a dog for a walk. The horrible result, six burned-out row houses. Miraculously no one was injured in the blast. Firefighters from three different stations worked for a couple of hours to contain the fire. This morning I walked over to have a look at the scene. The fire fighters were still busy working and police were about to start their investigation. I talked to a few people and they told me about a terrible night. People were evacuated to the nearby soccer pitch and today some of them will have to find another place to live for a few months. I really feel for these families, what a horrible start to Christmas they got.

15 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

You are right Steffe. Very sad images.

John said...

Dreadful, wonder if they still talk to the person who had the candle.
I left one burning last year when I went to bed, a neighbour saw it and telephoned me. Gave me quite a shock to realise that I had gone to bed without noticing it was still lit.

RedPat said...

Horrible scene - those poor people. Candles can be so dangerous.

VP said...

Difficult to say otherwise, a very sad story and some beautiful but terrible images.

Sharon Creech said...

Alas and woe. So sad.

Sequim Daily Photo said...

That is really sad, I hope they find a lot of support from the community and family/friends. I love candles but it's a good reminder to only burn them in a room where you are right there and not to leave them unattended. It's so easy to walk away and forget you have one lit.

Barb McMahon and Alan Mailloux said...

Oh, how dreadful for them! But no one died - everything else is can be replaced.

Jacob said...

I hate, hate fires! They are so devastating. I had to engage in firefighting in the U.S. Navy boot camp. That was no fun at all. This is so sad. Perhaps a moment of carelessness and the end result is horrible suffering for so many others...and, as you say, it could not have come at a worse time.

Jack said...

You are right. It would be sad at any time of the year, but at the holidays and when the weather is so inhospitable, it is even worse.

Randy said...

I agree with everyone here. Very sad indeed.

Sharon said...

this is truly sad. My heart goes out the people living there.

brattcat said...

And yet there is much to be grateful for...no lives lost.

Julie said...

But how would they feel toward the dog walker ... the careless dog walker?

Irredento Urbanita said...

I am so sorry for that.

Valery

[Barcelona Daily Photo]

Scylla said...

Färglådorna? Fy vad hemskt!