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Major building damage in Esch blaze could have been arson
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Major building damage in Esch blaze could have been arson

25.11.2013 From our online archive
A major fire broke out in a building still under construction in Esch-sur-Alzette on Sunday night. Police have not ruled out arson as a a second fire source was also reported.

(ADW) A major fire broke out in a building still under construction in Esch-sur-Alzette on Sunday night. Police have not ruled out arson as a a second fire source was also reported.

The blaze was reported just before 8pm in the building located on rue de l'école.

According to police reports, insulation panels caught fire and the building’s façade and scaffolding around it were both badly damaged by the flames. Inhabitants of surrounding homes were evacuated as a precaution and fortunately nobody was reported injured.

The prosecutor was informed that the blaze at the building on the corner of Grand-Rue and Rue Jean Origer could well have been arson.

Police state that several aspects of the fire support this theory; firstly, insulation panels cannot catch fire without “exterior aid” especially in the current weather conditions. Secondly another seemingly unconnected fire was also extinguished but in an electric cable conduit, although this source did not spread.

 Once Sunday’s blaze had been extinguished by local fire fighters, it was reported that significant material damage had been caused.