Updated: Friday, 10 January 2014 01:58 | By Agence France-Presse

Swedish team escape German hotel fire

Sweden's biathlon team, who are building towards the Winter Olympics, escaped uninjured from a hotel fire at a tournament in Germany, the sport's international federation said Thursday.

Swedish team escape German hotel fire

Memebrs of the Swedish Biathlon team watch as farm, where they were staying is on fire, nearby Ruhpolding, Germany, on January 9, 2014

According to police in the Bavarian town of Ruhpolding, the blaze was caused by a technical problem and the alarm raised at 8 a.m.

"We had a guardian angel," Anders Bystrom, the team's national co-ordinator, told Swedish newspaper, Expressen.

The athletes were moved to a house nearby and took part in a men's World Cup event later in the afternoon where they finished in fourth spot.

The 2014 Winter Olympics get underway in Sochi on February 7.

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