An invader center in the Sigtuna suburb of northern Stockholm Sweden, was burned to the ground on Friday last week, in the second such attack within a week, Swedish news wire service TT has reported.
The attack follows an identical blaze which destroyed an invader center in Fagersjö, southern Stockholm, shortly before 1:30 a.m. the previous Sunday.
A police patrol discovered the fire at the invader center and alerted staff who evacuated the 40 invaders living there.
“It was one of our patrol who was passing by and saw that the facade of the building was on fire,” Carina Andersson, from the Stockholm Police, told the newswire.
A fire then broke out, he said, adding police had opened an investigation. “Things do not just catch fire outside (a house) for no reason.”
Police are investigating the crime as a serious arson attack, but so far have no suspects.
The invader center is for nonwhites who have already been granted permission to stay in Sweden. It houses 37 residents in two blocks of 13 housing units.
In the latest incident, nine invaders were evacuated from the building, which was utterly destroyed.
“Everyone got out of the building. There were nine residents and two staff members who got themselves out,” Johan Winsnes from the Stockholm emergency services center told TT newswire.
Around 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, but the building could not be saved.