3 hurt, 39 apartments destroyed in German residential complex fire
A huge fire destroyed 39 apartments at a residential complex in the western German city of Essen, leaving three residents injured and affecting 128 people in total, the city's press office said on Monday, News.Az reports citing Xinhua.
The situation had already "developed dramatically" by the time the first firefighters arrived, the city's fire department said in a statement. Post-extinguishing work was still underway, while police were investigating the causes of the fire.
According to the fire department, gale-force winds might have caused the fire to "spread furiously across the wind-blown facade and balconies." The heat caused shutters to melt and windows to burst even in other buildings up to 15 meters away.
A firefighter told public broadcaster WDR he was used to extinguish fires in individual apartments, "but when you're standing here and there's a block of 50 apartments on fire, that's a scale you can't imagine."