THURSDAY WE REPORTED ON A TENACIOUS FIRE in the historic center of Konstanz, Germany, near the Swiss border that destroyed at least one building that was more than 500 years old. (See the Firegeezer REPORT HERE that includes a dramatic sequence of collapse photos.) Our friends at FWnetz, the leading fire/rescue news site in Germany, have passed along an update.
The fire is still burning. The THW – a special civil protection unit – is stabilizing neighboring houses because of the risk of collapse. Therefore the fire brigade is not able to put the fire out. Officials say the operation will take a couple of days. 20 people lost their home, including a family of 5. Today it is snowing. The weather forecast says there will be 20 to 30 centimeters (=up to one foot) of snow this night – not a good (outlook) because of the risk of collapse.
photo by Schutzbach
DPA (German Press Association) is reporting today that the fire may have started from a burning advent wreath on the third floor, and three more homes have been heavily damaged.
Sud Kurier is reporting that when the fire was beginning, a street-cleaning crew spotted an 84-yr.-old man standing in the ground-floor with his hair on fire. They ran into the building to take him out, saving the shocked man’s life. He is hospitalized with burn injuries. Firefighters rescued a 73-yr.-old woman from one of the upper floors by taking her out a window. She was transported and treated for smoke inhalation. All the other occupants apparently escaped safely. The same link to Sud Kurier also takes you to five photo galleries with more than 200 pics.
Fire crews are expected to remain on the scene through Saturday at least.
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