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Status: 05/17/2023 08:42 a.m

Almost two weeks after the major fire in the north of Flensburg, donations of more than 25,000 euros were collected for the affected families.

In addition to private initiatives, the Protestant Church in Flensburg Money for the 40 or so people who lost their homes in the fire on Harrisleer Strasse on May 4th. “I get a statement from our administration every morning and it’s really fantastic to see how helpful people are in Flensburg and in the region. That’s great, I’m very happy,” says city pastor Johannes Ahrens. According to Ahrens, the money will be used to finance, among other things, the transfer of the deceased woman abroad. According to the police, the 70-year-old woman was visiting the house.

The church mediates between residents and the city

The church would also mediate between the residents of the house, rescue workers and the authorities. In the aftermath of the fire, there would still have been considerable unrest among the residents of the street with questions about the course and progress of the rescue work. “In the last week we sat down with about 50 people from the area, from the house itself, also with the families of the dead, to describe once again: What was done, what did we try to do from the city side, so to speak, to do as much as possible to save many lives,” says Ahrens.

According to the police, the fire broke out in an apartment on the first floor. So far it is unclear how exactly the fire broke out in the three-story apartment building and how it was able to spread so quickly. The police have already ruled out a racist motive, and there are currently no indications of third-party debt. Flensburg’s Mayor Fabian Geyer (independent) spoke of an accident. A four-year-old boy and his 70-year-old grandmother died in the fire.

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Further information

At first it was said that the house could not yet be entered. Now the specialists have already started their work.

Household goods and a bicycle lie in the Flensburger Neustadt at an apartment building in which two people died in a fire, in the remains of the fire.  © Axel Heimken/dpa Photo: Axel Heimken/dpa

A 70-year-old woman and her four-year-old grandson died in the fire. Because the building is in danger of collapsing, investigators can’t get in yet.

Carsten Herzog, commander of the professional fire brigade in Flensburg.  © NDR

Flensburg’s fire brigade chief Carsten Herzog speaks about the extinguishing work after the fire in an apartment building in Flensburg.

The fire brigade is on duty in the event of a fire in Flensburg's Neustadt.  © Axel Heimken/dpa Photo: Axel Heimken/dpa

While first responders immediately tried to get people out of the burning house, others pulled out their smartphones.

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NDR 1 Wave North | News for Schleswig-Holstein | 05/16/2023 | 4:30 p.m

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