Buyer Sees Opportunity After Fire Station Mistakenly Sold

Rather than fork over $1.1M, a Swedish town is suing
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2018 7:28 AM CST
Town Goofs, Sells Its Fire Station
A pretty important resource, no?   (Getty Images/nzen)

(Newser) – A town in northern Sweden is in a heated fight to get its fire station back after it accidentally sold it. The municipality of Storuman sold several buildings to a private real estate group in 2014, unaware its fire station had been added to the property register listing two years earlier, reports the Local. New owner JLO Fastigheter AB offered to sell back the building for $1.1 million, more than double the $463,000 purchase price.

Storuman is instead suing for $443,000, arguing the company should've known the fire station was needed and not for sale. In response, the owner of the group's parent company told local media, "We've paid for the facility and have all the necessary documents. To come to us afterwards and say that the deal was a mistake is weird." (Read more Sweden stories.)

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