Fire rages in house: Smoke blocks residents' escape route
Created: 11/24/2022, 3:31 p.m
When firefighters arrived, the apartment was already engulfed in flames.
© Fire brigade and rescue service Bonn
A fire broke out in an apartment building in Bonn on Thursday night.
Four people had to be taken to a hospital.
Bonn – Shortly after 2 a.m. on Thursday (November 24), the fire and rescue control center in Bonn was called to a fire in Maidenheadstraße in the Pennefeld district of Bonn.
On site, the emergency services found a fire “in full”, the fire brigade said.
The fire started in an apartment on the first floor of the apartment building and now threatened to spread to the attic via the balcony and facade, reports 24RHEIN.
Fire in Bonn: Heavy smoke enclosed residents in the apartment
Due to the large mass of fire, the stairwell was also heavily smoked, so that some trapped residents were unable to escape via the stairwell.
When the emergency services arrived at the burning house, they immediately started to rescue the trapped people from the burning house.
At the same time, the fire brigade began fighting the fire from outside.
In the meantime, the stairwell was ventilated until there was no smoke to enable the emergency services to pass through and be rescued.
Smoke inhalation: Four residents had to go to the hospital
And with success: The emergency services of the fire brigade were able to quickly bring all trapped residents to safety.
Those affected were treated on site by an ambulance and then taken to nearby hospitals.
"Four of the residents evacuated from the house suffered minor injuries from inhaling smoke gas," the Bonn police reported on Thursday.
The fire apartment itself and two other apartments are no longer habitable for the time being.
Therefore, a family was placed in the care of the social welfare office to find accommodation.
Apartment building is on fire: the fire causes a large-scale operation
Meanwhile, a squad – with respiratory protection – started to put out the fire inside the apartment.
The extinguishing measures showed "quick effect", as the Bonn fire brigade explains.
With a concerted effort, the fire was brought under control.
The fire caused quite a large-scale operation: A total of 35 emergency services were deployed during the night, consisting of all three Bonn fire stations, the rescue service with an emergency doctor, the Lannesdorf volunteer fire brigade as well as the management service and the organizational head of the rescue service.
The Criminal Police Office 11 of the Bonn police began investigating the cause of the fire that night.
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The damage amounted to hundreds of thousands of euros.