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Fire kills seven, including six children

The Local · 10 Mar 2013, 11:50

Published: 10 Mar 2013 10:47 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Mar 2013 11:50 GMT+01:00

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The cause of the blaze was not known but media reports said a wood oven may have been to blame.

Hundreds of firefighters tackled the fire which broke out in the early hours of Sunday in the town of Backnang near Stuttgart.

By mid-morning, the fire was under control but not yet extinguished, according to media reports. The Bild newspaper said damages are at a minimum in the six-figure area.

The fire is being investigated but to date there was no evidence of arson.

"There are no indications of arson or a xenophobic motive," police said, adding that there was a German-Turkish cultural exchange association on the

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ground floor of the building.


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12:16 March 10, 2013 by Lisa Rusbridge
Why in the name of all that's holy didn't they have smoke detectors? This is very tragic and sad loss of life. Smoke detectors are a very inexpensive way to prevent such heartache. You can install several detectors in less than an hour, then just remember to change the batteries twice each year. In fact today is one of the "battery changing days", because here in the US we 'spring forward' by changing the clocks ahead one hour to daylight time.
13:11 March 10, 2013 by huzur
Hope the police really investigates the incident - whether it was an accident, or yet another attack by Nazis (and their supporters from within the state).
16:16 March 10, 2013 by rosenthalenglish
How very sad.May they rest in peace.@Lisa Rusbridge,It doesn't say there were no smoke detectors,so we will have to wait and see.We have 6 children and also smoke detectors around the house.Being on the second floor we have worked out different escape routes depending where the fire is located.It includes a rope which can be thrown over the balcony and everyone slides down it.We also test the smoke alarms regularly and when the batteries are low they automatically give off an alarm to inform us.Hopefully other families also prepare for the unexpected.If not maybe they will now!
22:16 March 10, 2013 by Vargaz
There are no words that express such a devastating loss of young lives. Just tears.
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