The fire of a residential building in Solothurn causes six people to die overnight, including children. The fire broke out on one of the lower floors.
Six people died the night of a fatal fire in a residential building in Solothurn. Even the children are among the victims. Police in the canton believe the fire must have occurred on a lower level.
A resident noticed the smoke at two-thirty in the morning and the alarm sounded. The fire brigade came out with a large contingent. In the multifamily house in Wengistrasse, near the ancient city of Solothurn, there were over twenty people. Most of them put the fire department safely.
Heavy smoke as the cause of death?
For six people, however, any help arrived too late. Among them are the children. The victims were not identified, said Bruno Gribi, a cantonal police spokesman, at the request of the Keystone-SDA agency. Therefore, no additional detail could be given. The fire was "a very tragic affair."
Solothurn's city councilor, Kurt Fluri (FDP), said "20 minutes" that he was deeply affected. "I'm with the relatives and I hope the wounded get better soon." In fact, it was a minor fire. "Smoke was the problem, he could not escape," says Fluri. "Some apparently jumped through the window."
House evacuated nearby
Even during the firefighting work, rescue workers evacuated the neighboring house. Its residents were able to return home at night. Several people are in hospital care according to the police. Details about these people were not initially available. After the first realization, the fire arose on a lower floor and developed a strong smoke. It spread all over the building.
The cause of the fire was unknown in the morning. Cantonal police experts have begun investigations. In action were dozens of firefighters, the cantonal and city police, ambulances and care staff. The event was also for the rescuers physically and psychologically very stressful, said Gribi.
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