Germany's news in English

Editions:  Europe · Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Ludwigshafen fire 'unlikely' to be arson

Share this article

Ludwigshafen fire 'unlikely' to be arson
15:24 CET+01:00
German investigators have determined a tragic fire in February that killed nine Turkish residents in the southwestern city of Ludwigshafen was unlikely to have been arson.

Lead prosecutor Lothar Liebig said on Tuesday that it was “extremely unlikely” that the deadly inferno was a premeditated act, as the fire spread very slowly through the house. There is also no evidence usually associated with arson at the scene, he said.

Two girls thought to have seen someone set the fire offered “fluctuating statements” and they changed their original testimony, Liebig said. The girls aged eight and nine said shortly after the fire that claimed the lives of nine Turkish women and children that they had observed a man sparking the blaze.

Since the deaths on February 3, there have been widespread suspicions that arsonists set the fire in a hate crime against the building's Turkish residents. Turkey sent its own experts to help German officials with the investigation and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan even visited the site.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

From our sponsors

Four ways to lower your rent in Germany

It’s often expats in Germany who find themselves paying unduly high rent, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a better deal - even if you’ve already signed your tenancy agreement.