A criminal investigation has been launched into the case | Photo: Ferdinand Merzbach/dpa/picture-alliance
A criminal investigation has been launched into the case | Photo: Ferdinand Merzbach/dpa/picture-alliance

A 31-year-old woman and a two-year-old child have died after a fire broke out at a shelter for asylum seekers in central Germany on Sunday evening.

The cause of the fire in the town of Kronach remains unclear, however, local police said that a criminal investigation had been launched.

According to initial findings, one apartment in the building complex had caught fire in the early evening at about 6p.m. — while several of the residents were inside. 

A 34-year-old man meanwhile also suffered from burns in the blaze and had to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment, according to local police information.

A video shared on social media by regional public broadcaster BR detailed the extent of the the damage.

Residents evacuated to temporary housing

Due to the extent of the fire damage, no one at the shelter was able to return to their accommodation after the flames were extinguished. 

Local officials said that temporary rooms had been arranged for the residents.

with dpa

 

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