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Five dead in Christmas Day fire

AFP/DDP/DPA/The Local · 25 Dec 2009, 13:48

Published: 25 Dec 2009 13:48 GMT+01:00

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Five people died and two others were seriously injured in a fire that saw a one-family house in the small town engulfed in flames. Six people were registered at the address, and authorities believe that all the victims belonged to the same family, though no children were thought to have been in the house.

Firefighters received the alarm at 4:36 am from a 56-year-old resident of the house, but the fire was already out of control when they arrived. Four fire engines and over a hundred rescue workers took part in the emergency operation. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, and the 56-year-old is still in life-threatening condition in hospital.

North Rhine-Westphalian interior Minister Ingo Wolf expressed shock at the accident. "The celebration of love had a horrible end for this family," he said on Friday in Unna, before offering his condolences to the relatives of those killed and the two survivors.

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Wolf also paid tribute to the speed and professionalism of the fire and ambulance workers. Wolf promised that emergency psychological support was on hand for the rescue team and relatives.

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Your comments about this article

16:18 December 25, 2009 by cleavage
It was probably intentional due to the times were in.
17:47 December 25, 2009 by Heinrich der Zweite
16:18 December 25, 2009 by cleavage

It was probably intentional due to the times were in.

You're certainly not wrong. In all already built houses and flats in Hamburg smoke-detectors should be installed in almost every room by 24 Dec.2010. In Quickborn Schleswig-Holstein where I live, they should already have been installed yesterday 24 dec. 2009! Our Hausverwaltung (property manager) has'nt installed them yet! But seriously a one year regulation time difference I find very lax. I don't know what the regulations are in Unna.
19:10 December 25, 2009 by Heinrich der Zweite
In the house I live there are 35 flats.The smoke-detectors have to be installed professionally as a "joint property" of the owners of the house. The alarms must be tested two times a year(each detector 2 euros!) Otherwise the insurance will not payout the pennies. As an electronics engineer i'm not allowed to touch 'em.
22:06 December 26, 2009 by Logic Guy
Well, I personally believe that smoke detectors should be law.

If there were government regulations, then tragic fires such as this one would never happen.

The role of government is rather complex. To much is obviously undesirable, but not having enough leads to instabilitiy and choas. Hopefully someone will soon discover an efficient and effective style of leadership.
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