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Couple killed in home explosion hours before eviction

The Local · 1 Aug 2011, 12:15

Published: 01 Aug 2011 12:15 GMT+02:00

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Two bodies, presumed to be those of the couple who lived in the townhouse in the Winterhausen district near Würzburg, were recovered early Monday. While they were too badly burnt to be identified with certainty, police believe they are the bodies of the 61-year-old husband and 44-year-old wife.

The couple were due to move out of the home Monday after the property was sold. There was “clear evidence of an explosion,” a police spokesman said.

A large gas bottle of a type not normally be needed in such a house was thought to be the cause of blast, investigators said.

The couple living next door were forced to flee for their lives. Only the supporting walls between the two homes remained standing on Monday.

“The street in front of the burning property was strewn with splinters of glass and household items,” an officer said. “It’s now known that the house in which the fire broke out, was supposed to be sold. The couple living in it were supposed to move out of these premises today.”

When the fire brigade arrived about 2 am, both the house and its neighbour were fully ablaze. About 65 fire fighters managed to prevent the fire’s spreading to other homes. It took them about two hours to get the fire under control.

The house was initially regarded as too dangerous to enter. Paramedics and council technicians were also deployed.

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Bavaria’s state criminal police are investigating the incident.

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Your comments about this article

14:36 August 1, 2011 by oldWine
now who will be charged?

The person who owned the house and sold it to the couple?


The greedy Makler (if there is one)?

OR the online The Local readers?
15:42 August 1, 2011 by freechoice
why can't they find another place to rent instead of blowing up the whole house? so many terrorists these days!
18:37 August 1, 2011 by Gretl
@freechoice - Maybe they had tried and couldn't. It seems like they were reacting in desperation.

Is there not social services available to help them locate housing if they are poor?
22:22 August 1, 2011 by Dizz
I don't think they blew up the house under any illusion of walking away from it. This was an act of final desperation and very, very sad.
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