Fire in Sweden on March 20 2017 09:42 AM (UTC).
A 30 metre long vessel is on fire in central Gothenburg, with 20 firefighters battling to put it out. Emergency services have sent a number of vehicles to the ship moored next to the Gullbergs strandgata street, newspaper Goteborgs Posten (GP) reports. The blaze is producing a large amount of smoke. Emergency services had been informed that there is a person who usually lives on board the boat, but they have now managed to locate him and he was not on board the vessel. "Our support workers on location found him, and there is no one left on board. We're really happy we found him," Mats Gränsmark, alarm manager at the Greater Gothenburg Emergency Services said. Fighting the fire has been difficult due to the smoke and strong heat. There is also evidence that there may be gas on the boat, which means a risk of explosion. To begin with, firefighters are tackling the blaze from the outside via their own vessel the Gote, using cutting extinguishers which drill a hole then shoot liquid through it. "It's difficult to extinguish. We're talking about a boat filled with foam now," Gränsmark noted.