On Saturday afternoon, a carport in Zumpestraße between Stockdorf and Krailling was on fire. The two cars – a Nissan and a VW Touran – were completely destroyed. © Stockdorf Fire Brigade
A large contingent of the fire brigade moved out on Saturday afternoon to a carport fire in Zumpestraße. The rescuers were worried about gas cylinders.
Stockdorf – "ABC explosion": This is the name of one of the highest alarm levels in rescue services. When it is declared, firefighters know: Now it's getting serious. On Saturday afternoon, the time had come in the border area between Krailling and Stockdorf: The fire of a carport in Zumpestraße was called an "ABC explosion". Because: Two gas cylinders were stored inside the carport – a literally explosive scenario.
Column of smoke over the Würm Valley
Klaus Ringhoff, district fire chief for Gauting and Krailling, was the first on site. "I live at the other end of Stockdorf," he says. The alarm was raised at 15:45 p.m. As he hurried to the scene of the accident, he saw a column of smoke rising into the sky. "That's when I knew: This is not a false alarm." In addition, he heard a repeated banging on the spot, presumably from the two gas cylinders. When the fire brigade arrived, the first thing to do was to get an overview of the danger. "We kept the necessary safety distance."
Around 17:30 p.m., the fire was extinguished. According to the fire brigade's estimates, the damage is likely to be in the 100,000 euros. © Stockdorf Fire Brigade
At first glance, it was recognizable that a carport was on fire here, and with it the surrounding bushes. Apparently, a Nissan first caught fire. "It was no longer recognizable as such afterwards." The flames also spread to the second car, a VW Touran. Nothing is left of him either. What the fire brigade was able to prevent, what prevented the fire from spreading to the neighbouring old villa from around 1900.
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In the first phase of the operation, every citizen of the Würm Valley should have noticed that something big was going on. Because: After all, new rescue workers from the surrounding communities came in to prevent a word case. Stockdorf, Krailling, Gauting, but also Unterpfaffenhofen and Söcking with a large fire engine made their way to Zumpestraße. "There were about 100 men on site," Ringhoff said. Some were able to turn around again because it was evident that the Stockdorf colleagues had got the accident under control. The mission ended at around 17:30 p.m.
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The balance of the accident cannot be drawn in detail the day after. Klaus Ringhoff assumes property damage of no less than 100,000 euros. The entire carport and its contents were destroyed, namely the two cars, a stack of firewood and a gas grill. The garden is also largely destroyed. Nothing is yet known about the cause, the trigger seems to have been the Nissan.
As of Sunday afternoon, the police have no knowledge of the cause of the fire and the amount of damage. "Our fire investigators were not yet outside," says the Munich police headquarters. Commissariat 13, responsible for fire and environmental crimes, has taken over. Information can be expected in the course of the next few days, according to the presidium.