Duisburg food bank destroyed in fire

A fire has completely burnt down a large food bank in the North-Rhine Westphalia city of Duisburg, police said.

Duisburg food bank destroyed in fire
Firefighters working to put out the fire. Photo: DPA

Police were alerted of the fire at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, and worked to extinguish it until Monday morning.

But by then the container building on Düsseldorfer Strasse had completely collapsed, said a police spokesperson. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Only rubble was left on Monday morning following the fire. Photo: DPA

On the arrival of the fire brigade, the one-storey building, measuring about eight by ten metres, had flames breaking out of the windows, narrowly avoiding the neighbouring building, reported the local Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. Part of the roof collapsed in the evening.

The cause of the fire is still unclear, and police are currently conducting a criminal investigation. The damage has also not yet been estimated.

The Duisburger Tafel, a German word for food bank, distributes about 15 tons of food per week to about 4,000 people throughout the city of Duisburg.

A sign beckons visitors to lunch, which was provided every day of the year. Photo: DPA

The branch which burned down was one of the three locations throughout the city. Situated in the Grunewald district of the city since 2001, it provided not only up to 80 warm meals for homeless people daily, but also clothes and even services such as haircuts, according to the Tafel's website.

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Three killed in western Germany as microlight plane crashes into house

A microlight plane crashed into the roof of a house in western Germany on Saturday, leaving three people dead, including the mother of a young child, firefighters said.

Three killed in western Germany as microlight plane crashes into house
Firefighters tackle blaze after plane crashes into house in Wesel. DPA

The accident, the cause of which has not been determined, took place in Wesel, a city on North Rhine-Westphalia, according to local police.



The small plane crashed into an apartment built under the roof of the house, where a woman and her two-year-old child lived, causing a fire which gutted the place.

The mother was among the victims, along with two people aboard the plane, firefighters said.

The child was only slightly injured.