Saturday, December 26, 2009

Five dead in Christmas Day fire

At least five people died after a pre-dawn Christmas Day fire in a house in the German town of Unna in North Rhine-Westphalia, the police said on Friday.

Five people died and two others were seriously injured in a fire that saw a one-family house in the small town engulfed in flames. Six people were registered at the address, and authorities believe that all the victims belonged to the same family, though no children were thought to have been in the house.

Firefighters received the alarm at 4:36 am from a 56-year-old resident of the house, but the fire was already out of control when they arrived. Four fire engines and over a hundred rescue workers took part in the emergency operation. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, and the 56-year-old is still in life-threatening condition in hospital.

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Unna is a city not far from Dortmund, meaning not far from us. Very sad, specially for those families, who lost through this fire there loved ones over Christmas. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

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