Families Evacuated In Seinäjoki Fire
Four families have been evacuated in Seinäjoki after an overnight fire in a row of houses. Rescue services were called to the structure before 05:00. The fire spread from one of the homes into the attic space, and four families – three of them with children – were evacuated. Nobody was injured. Harri Setälä from the Rescue Department says the fire has been extinguished, but not before it destroyed the attic rooms in the four-storey row house. He says the building will likely have to be demolished because of the fire. The downstairs living areas suffered from smoke and water damage.
Company Growth Results
The largest companies in Finland grew faster last year than in previous years. That’s according to a new economic development study out this morning in Talouselämä business magazine. The magazine reviewed financial statements of the 500 largest companies in Finland, which shows they had combined net sales of €357 billion. That’s up 4.7% from the previous year. The strongest growth figures were for HMD Global, which bought Nokia’s former phone business from Microsoft in 2016. That company’s net sales rose from almost zero to €1.8 billion over the course of a year.
Cash Grants For Winter Olympic Stars
The stars of Finland’s Winter Olympics team are getting cash bonuses to help their careers, study plans, and future Olympic preparations. The women’s ice hockey team claimed bronze in Pyeongchang, and all 22 players receive €10,000 grants. That money is to support them as they get ready for the next World Championships. A total of €914,000 has been awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Sport. Other recipients include snowboarder Matti Suur-Hamari, cross country skiers Ristomatti Hakola, Martti Jylhä, Iivo Niskanen, Kerttu Niskanen and Krista Pärmäkoski.
Forest Fire Warnings
There are still forest fire warnings in place across most of the country, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute this morning. Due to a lack of rain and a month of warmer-than-usual temperatures, the risk of forest fires has increased. In windy weather, fires can spread quickly. Although individual rain showers might pop up from west to east later today, the lack of rainfall continues. Forest fire warnings are in place across Finland except northern areas of Utskjoki, Inari and Savukoski as the warm weather continues.
Friday Morning Weather
The warm weather continues on Friday morning although there will be cloud cover across many areas first thing, and the chance of scattered showers in some places later in the afternoon.