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Police investigate cause of fire at Münster airport

Many holidaymakers will find themselves without a car as they return to Münster Osnabrück International Airport, after a car park fire damaged 65 cars on Monday evening.

Police investigate cause of fire at Münster airport
260 firefighters worked to extinguish the car park fire. Photo: DPA

A total of 260 firefighters were called to the scene, extinguishing the fire by 00:45 am on Tuesday morning. The fire brigade left the scene hours later at 3 am.

There have been no injuries as a result of the fire. 

Police have begun investigating the cause of the blaze, with a spokesperson revealing the following morning that, according to initial findings, the fire broke out on the first floor of the multi-story car park. 

Two floors of the car parks were subsequently damaged, with the entire building remaining closed off.

The 65 affected cars will be removed from the site as they are no longer roadworthy. Around 40 were completely burned out, whilst a further 25 were damaged. The car park’s concrete frame has also been broken in places by the fire.

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Is your flight affected?

According to a spokesperson for the Fire Department, the car park where the fire took place is around 100 meters from the airport terminal.

Andres Heinemann, a spokesman for Münster Osnabrück Airport, assures travellers that flight operations have not been affected by the fire. 

He also indicated that those affected will be compensated for damages.

 

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HOUSING

These are the plans for affordable (and sustainable) housing at Berlin’s former Tegel airport

Berlin’s city government has announced plans to build 5,000 apartments - all made of wood - on the site of Tegel airport, which was closed down for good at the beginning of November.

These are the plans for affordable (and sustainable) housing at Berlin's former Tegel airport
An artists impression of the new Schumacher Quarter. Source: Tegel Projekt GmbH

“From 2021, the largest timber construction district in the world, with over 5,000 apartments, will be built in the eastern area of the former Tegel airport,” said Berlin’s housing senator Sebastian Scheel (Linke).

The new district will be called the the Schumacher Quarter.

Scheel pledged that the new housing will be both climate neutral and affordable.

“From research and development, to material production and construction, everything will takes place in one place. This could help urban timber construction to achieve a breakthrough,” said Scheel.

He added that the aim was to make the timber housing for cities 20 to 25 percent cheaper to construct than a traditional build with reinforced concrete.

Photo: DPA

The project will be overseen by the Tegel Projekt GmbH, a company entirely owned by the city of Berlin.

The city will be hoping that the project goes more smoothly than the last state-run airport build. The disastrous construction of Berlin’s new Berlin Brandenburg (BER) international airport took a decade longer than planned.

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There is still some work to do on the site before construction can begin.

“Contaminated areas and military explosives need to be removed before it starts. The first ground work is already underway,” said Scheel. Construction on the building is scheduled to begin in 2024.

“According to current planning, the education campus and the first residential buildings in the Schumacher Quarter will be ready in 2027, the last ones in the early 2030s”, he said.

The new quarter is expected to provide homes for 10,000 residents of the capital. 

Another residential build on the site of the old airport is set to bring 4,000 more apartments into a city which is plagued by a shortage of living space.

The Tegel Projekt GmbH also wants to bring together founders, students, investors, industrialists and scientists in a new urban space. 

The Urban Tech Republic will be home to up to 1,000 different companies, and there are also plans to turn the current Terminal A into a university campus.

READ MORE: What's next for Berlin's Tegel airport?

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