July 1, 1997 |
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.
June 9, 1993 |
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.
June 28, 1997 |
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.
January 21, 1996 |
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.
December 30, 1990 |
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.
May 2, 2001 |
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.