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Another fire reported in slated asylum seeker centre

A fire broke out early Friday morning in a Rauma apartment block intended for use as an asylum seeker reception centre. Although there were occupants in the building at the time of the blaze, no one was hurt in the incident. The fire started in the building’s stairwell, and police are investigating the cause.

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A fire occurred in the stairwell of an apartment building in the southwest coastal city of Rauma early Friday morning. Yle’s regional Satakunta office says the building was slated to begin service as a reception centre for asylum seekers in just one month, after the turn of the year. 

Several of the building’s current occupants were in the building at the time of the fire, but rescue services asked them to stay inside while they extinguished the blaze. No one was injured. Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

On Tuesday this week, a two-storey wooden house also intended to house asylum seekers in Kankaanpää, about one hour north-east of Rauma, was irreparably burned after a fire. Police are investigating the Kankaanpää fire as a case of aggravated criminal damage.

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