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December 26, 1994 | Reuters
A German mother and her 20-month-old daughter burned to death when their Christmas tree caught fire so fast that it virtually exploded, firefighters said Sunday. The tree and decorations were set alight by sparkler candles on Christmas Eve and blazed so suddenly that the eruption blasted out the windows of the family's small flat in the western city of Duesseldorf. The 29-year-old father suffered severe burns but escaped over the balcony along with an uninjured friend.
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May 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire raged through a roller coaster at one of Europe's largest amusement parks, forcing 150 passengers to scramble down 60-foot ladders to escape. At least 54 people were injured, most of them suffering smoke inhalation. Phantasialand in Bruehl in western Germany was filled with 20,000 guests for the May Day holiday, officials said. "We just barely avoided a catastrophe," said Cologne police director Winrich Granitzka. The park's founder said the fire probably began in a cable.
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July 1, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
A court in the port city of Luebeck acquitted a Lebanese immigrant in a fire that killed 10 immigrants at a shelter for asylum-seeking refugees. The January 1996 blaze injured 39 other people. Prosecutors alleged that Safwan Eid set the fire after a dispute with a fellow shelter resident. But the chief judge said testimony from more than 100 witnesses left key issues unresolved--including Eid's possible motive, what was used to start the fire and when it began.
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July 1, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
A court in the port city of Luebeck acquitted a Lebanese immigrant in a fire that killed 10 immigrants at a shelter for asylum-seeking refugees. The January 1996 blaze injured 39 other people. Prosecutors alleged that Safwan Eid set the fire after a dispute with a fellow shelter resident. But the chief judge said testimony from more than 100 witnesses left key issues unresolved--including Eid's possible motive, what was used to start the fire and when it began.
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June 9, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Houses occupied by foreigners were attacked by arsonists in four different parts of Germany, and 14 Turks were hospitalized suffering from smoke inhalation, police said. There were no serious injuries in the attacks, which have become virtually a nightly occurrence since the firebomb murder of five Turkish women and children in Solingen on May 29. There was also more retaliation from the Turkish community.
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June 28, 1997 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The charred shell of a house overlooking the river in this Baltic port city keeps a dirty secret. Somebody, on a winter night a year and a half ago, was filled with enough hate to torch the four-story building that housed asylum-seekers from Africa and the Middle East, along with new immigrants from Poland. Ten people died, some in the smoke and flames, others when they jumped from windows. Thirty-nine more were injured, some critically.
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January 21, 1996 | From Reuters
A Lebanese refugee was arrested Saturday on suspicion of setting a fire that killed 10 people last week in a German foreigners' hostel where he and his family lived. A judge ordered the 21-year-old man, who was not identified, to be formally placed under arrest late Saturday for aggravated arson, 10 counts of murder and 38 counts of attempted murder, prosecutors in the northern port of Lubeck said.
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December 30, 1990 | Reuters
Eight people, four of them children, died when fire swept a home for ethnic German refugees from Eastern Europe in Bremen on Friday night, police said. A police spokesman in the north German city said the cause of the blaze was not yet known, but there was no evidence of arson. Five people were being treated in a hospital, one in a serious condition. Police said the second floor of the building, whose 240 inhabitants included former East Germans, was gutted.
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May 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire raged through a roller coaster at one of Europe's largest amusement parks, forcing 150 passengers to scramble down 60-foot ladders to escape. At least 54 people were injured, most of them suffering smoke inhalation. Phantasialand in Bruehl in western Germany was filled with 20,000 guests for the May Day holiday, officials said. "We just barely avoided a catastrophe," said Cologne police director Winrich Granitzka. The park's founder said the fire probably began in a cable.
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April 13, 1996 | Washington Post
German prosecutors announced Friday that they may file negligent homicide charges against maintenance workers allegedly responsible for a fire that killed 16 people at Dusseldorf's international airport Thursday. Investigators said they believe that Germany's worst airport fire began when sparks from a welder's torch ignited insulation in the ceiling above the arrival terminal, causing a deadly cloud of toxic gases to roll through the passenger area.
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June 28, 1997 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The charred shell of a house overlooking the river in this Baltic port city keeps a dirty secret. Somebody, on a winter night a year and a half ago, was filled with enough hate to torch the four-story building that housed asylum-seekers from Africa and the Middle East, along with new immigrants from Poland. Ten people died, some in the smoke and flames, others when they jumped from windows. Thirty-nine more were injured, some critically.
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April 15, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Officials at the airport in Dusseldorf where 16 people died in a fire admitted there were serious lapses in safety before and during the blaze. Welders apparently started the fire when molten metal set plastic-covered electric cables ablaze, investigators said. Airport technical director Bernd Rietdorf said safety codes required that a fire-prevention expert supervise the welders, but none was there.
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April 13, 1996 | Washington Post
German prosecutors announced Friday that they may file negligent homicide charges against maintenance workers allegedly responsible for a fire that killed 16 people at Dusseldorf's international airport Thursday. Investigators said they believe that Germany's worst airport fire began when sparks from a welder's torch ignited insulation in the ceiling above the arrival terminal, causing a deadly cloud of toxic gases to roll through the passenger area.
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January 21, 1996 | From Reuters
A Lebanese refugee was arrested Saturday on suspicion of setting a fire that killed 10 people last week in a German foreigners' hostel where he and his family lived. A judge ordered the 21-year-old man, who was not identified, to be formally placed under arrest late Saturday for aggravated arson, 10 counts of murder and 38 counts of attempted murder, prosecutors in the northern port of Lubeck said.
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January 20, 1996 | Times Wire Services
Police on Friday freed three suspects in a fatal fire at a hostel for foreign asylum-seekers, saying they had no strong evidence on which to hold them and that the three had an alibi. Neo-Nazis are suspected of setting the fire that raced through the hostel in this northern port city Thursday, killing six children and four adults. But police and government officials say an electrical fire has not been ruled out.
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December 26, 1994 | Reuters
A German mother and her 20-month-old daughter burned to death when their Christmas tree caught fire so fast that it virtually exploded, firefighters said Sunday. The tree and decorations were set alight by sparkler candles on Christmas Eve and blazed so suddenly that the eruption blasted out the windows of the family's small flat in the western city of Duesseldorf. The 29-year-old father suffered severe burns but escaped over the balcony along with an uninjured friend.
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January 20, 1996 | Times Wire Services
Police on Friday freed three suspects in a fatal fire at a hostel for foreign asylum-seekers, saying they had no strong evidence on which to hold them and that the three had an alibi. Neo-Nazis are suspected of setting the fire that raced through the hostel in this northern port city Thursday, killing six children and four adults. But police and government officials say an electrical fire has not been ruled out.
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April 15, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Officials at the airport in Dusseldorf where 16 people died in a fire admitted there were serious lapses in safety before and during the blaze. Welders apparently started the fire when molten metal set plastic-covered electric cables ablaze, investigators said. Airport technical director Bernd Rietdorf said safety codes required that a fire-prevention expert supervise the welders, but none was there.
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June 9, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Houses occupied by foreigners were attacked by arsonists in four different parts of Germany, and 14 Turks were hospitalized suffering from smoke inhalation, police said. There were no serious injuries in the attacks, which have become virtually a nightly occurrence since the firebomb murder of five Turkish women and children in Solingen on May 29. There was also more retaliation from the Turkish community.
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April 9, 1991 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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