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Volvo Car's industrial site hit by 'violent' fire

2017-02-15 14:46

DAMAGE: A fire broke out at Volvo Cars' industrial site in Gothenburg, local authorities said. Image: AFP / Saul Loeb

Stockholm - A fire broke out on Monday (February 13) inside the world's largest Volvo Cars industrial site in Gothenburg, authorities said, prompting an evacuation of the industrial premises.

Gothenburg police said in a statement: "Emergency services have been alerted to the scene and the police are following to support emergency services." 

"Violent fire"

A spokesman for Volvo Cars told AFP: "There are no injuries; everyone in the building at the time of the fire has been evacuated safely. 

"The fire has been contained to a single building, (it) is under control and is being extinguished by the fire department," the spokesman said. Production was not affected by the fire, he added.

Described in local media as a "violent fire", released images showed smoke coming out of the Volvo factory's roof in Torslanda, a remote area in Gothenburg.

Six fire stations and 40 firefighters were dispatched to the scene, local relief services said in a statement.

Volvo Cars split from the Volvo Group in 1999.

They shared the same industrial premise at Torslanda until Volvo Group moved to Lundby located in another part of Gothenburg early this year.

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