"Taking into account what has happened in the country so far, and also considering that a window was broken, it is easy to suppose that it was an arson attack. However, it is the police's responsibility to find out the cause of the fire," local rescue service spokesman Daniel Sirensjo told the Swedish channel SVT.
According to SVT, only one room in the building caught fire, and firefighters were able to put it out shortly after their arrival. No fatalities or injuries were reported as the building was empty.
allegedly, there have been over 10 arsons to refugee housing places in sweden. THIS YEAR. my heart is breaking.— Victoria Inoue (@vickys_se) 20 октября 2015
A similar incident occurred in eastern Sweden in a school building slated to be used to accommodate refugees on Tuesday, when a window was broken and flammable materials were set alight and thrown inside. A refugee facility in western Sweden was burned earlier in the week.
Suspected arsons at proposed refugee centres in Sweden https://t.co/O1zgZ4u3NH— Steve Rose (@steveplrose) 22 октября 2015
Sweden witnessed similar arson attacks in the early 90s amid a large refugee influx during the Balkan crisis. The attacks decreased as migration numbers fell.
Europe is currently struggling to manage a major migration crisis. Over 710,000 migrants arrived in the European Union during the first nine months of 2015, according to the EU border agency Frontex.