Greifswald, Germany: One dead and several injured in apartment fire

In the case of a fire in a high-rise building in Greifswald, Germany on Saturday, a 69-year-old man lost his life. His 64-year-old companion suffered smoke inha

Greifswald, Germany: One dead and several injured in apartment fire

In the case of a fire in a high-rise building in Greifswald, Germany on Saturday, a 69-year-old man lost his life. His 64-year-old companion suffered smoke inhalation and was seriously injured, the police announced on Sunday. The fire was erupted from an unknown cause in the apartment of the couple on the eleventh floor.

Three other people - an 80-year-old woman and an 84 and 89 year old couple from the apartment directly under the fire apartment were seriously injured. Four police officers carried the couple's ten floors down, because the seniors were not able to leave the house even to walk. The four police officers suffered minor smoke inhalation, just as eight other people.

After the outbreak of the fire, the rescue forces, the fire service and the police cleared Greifswald, the high-rise. 105 inhabitants had to leave the building. They were temporarily housed in a sports hall. The fire was extinguished. On Sunday, a Fire Marshal was in the building. Therefore, a technical Defect of equipment is a possible cause. The devices were all but completely destroyed and could not be investigated.

In the house, several apartments are rising habitable. The tenants were accommodated in spare dwellings of the housing co-operative society. The other residents were able to return. The criminal investigation determined due to arson.

interior Minister Lorenz Caffier (CDU) thanked fire, police and Support personnel for their use in the heavy fire. Such a use is difficult and stressful. Firefighters and police had not provided proof of her professionalism. The relatives of the dead, he spoke his condolences, the Hurt he wished a good recovery.

dpa
Date Of Update: 31 May 2020, 21:26

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