The "Badezeit" beach restaurant on Sylt burned down early Thursday morning. Nobody was injured in the fire. Several fire brigades on the island have deployed up to 80 emergency services to the Westerland promenade to fight the flames, the North German Broadcasting Corporation reported.
According to "Sylter Rundschau", several houses in the area have been evacuated for safety reasons. The heavy smoke and wind made it difficult to extinguish the fire, and according to the Hamburger Abendblatt, the fire was under control by 8:15 a.m. Residents have been asked to keep their windows and doors closed.
The six fire brigades on Sylt have been suffering from great difficulties for a long time, and the lack of staff in particular is affecting the helpers. Fire protection on the island "can only be guaranteed through a sophisticated concept and great commitment from the firefighters," said Mayor Nikolas Häckel (independent) recently. A few years ago, men were even conscripted into the fire brigade service in the List municipality.
Most recently, the Sylt fire brigades were required to a greater extent in August when a thatched roof house with several apartments caught fire in Kampen. Nine residents were rescued. Two firefighters were injured in the operation.
Sources: Norddeutscher Rundfunk, "Sylter Rundschau", "Hamburger Abendblatt", Nikolas Häckel on Facebook, Restaurant "Badezeit", Sylt municipality on fire brigades, DPA news agency