It is hard to piece together all of the details, as much of what I am finding is in Swedish, but here is what we know.
From SVT.se (via Google Translate):
A smaller knife factory in Östnor outside Mora started burning shortly after lunch on Wednesday. When the rescue service arrived, the fire was fully developed and the main focus was on preventing the spread of the fire.
According to the first information to SOS Alarm, which received the alarm at 12.56, the fire must have started in a polishing machine.
– When we got there, flames were coming out of the windows. The building is completely damaged and cannot be saved, says Johan Szymanski, rescue manager.
A person must have received smoke but otherwise no people are injured.
– The important thing now is to protect adjacent buildings. We are quite a lot of people but the problem is getting water. It burns with open flames through the roof, says Johan Szymanski.
From what I gather, Jönssons Knivfarabrik is the oldest independent (outside Morakniv Group) maker in Mora.
During the 50 and 60 were common in the US they sold under they brand name Bröderna Jönsson but also Norse Knife via mail order.
After the deaths of the brothers in 1987, the company is lead by Erik (son of John Jönsson) and his cousin Holger (son of Anders Jönsson), started producing knifes with the original stamp E Jönsson. The workshop still produces knifes in small quantities (last info from 2017)
They are the last traditional knife makers still operating today, outside MoraKniv group but with limited small quantities. Erik is now on is 70’s and Holger as now more then 90 years.
“The Jönssons office has no computer; the company no website. Letters, quotes and invoices continue to be typed on an old typewriter. This is a workshop of a bygone age, and with every knife made one can’t help but feel that something of the history of Mora and the soul of this remarkable family is imparted into each blade. “
According to David Canterbury, founder of The Pathfinder School and outdoor celebrity, “This is a terrible tragedy I have been in this factory with the Owner it is a very sad bit of news and terrible for the Morakniv community”.
I have reached out to some European contacts for more information. I will update as necessary.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jönsson Family, their Employees, and the people of the Village of Mora, Sweden.View Linked Article