Status: 24/09/2023, 20:44 p.m.
By: Niklas Hecht, Erik Scharf
The fire brigade rescues numerous residents from a burning high-rise building. For a man, any help comes too late. © Strieder
A man tragically dies in a fire in an apartment building in Bensheim. Two residents are taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.
+++ 12.59 PM: On Sunday afternoon, the police announced further details about the tragic death of a 40-year-old man in the fire of a high-rise building in Bensheim. Accordingly, the dead man comes from the Netherlands and was in southern Hesse to visit a family friend who lives in the affected apartment building.
According to initial investigations, the man wanted to leave the high-rise building after the fire became known, initially via a staircase. At that time, the stairwell was already full of smoke, according to police. The man then jumped out of a window. He sustained fatal injuries in the process. There are no indications of third-party culpability.
Fire in Bensheim high-rise building: Two residents injured by smoke gases
Two residents of the apartment building were injured by inhaling smoke and had to be taken to hospital, according to officials. A firefighter suffered a circulatory weakness during the extinguishing work and also received medical care. According to initial findings, the fire broke out in an apartment on the third floor of the seven-storey building in the Bergstraße district. The police did not initially comment on the cause of the fire and the amount of damage. The fire, to which the emergency services moved out shortly after two o'clock in the night, was extinguished early Sunday morning.
A care centre has been set up for the residents. According to police, more than 30 of the 65 people registered in the apartment building were there, including children. Since the building complex is initially no longer habitable, the city of Bensheim wants to accommodate the residents elsewhere for the time being. The Criminal Investigation Service in Darmstadt and the responsible specialist police department in Heppenheim have started investigations into the cause of the fire and the amount of damage.
Man dies in high-rise fire in Bensheim
Update from Sunday, September 24, 10:59 a.m.: After the tragic death of a man in a fire in a high-rise building in Bensheim, the police announced further details on Sunday morning. Accordingly, the dead man is a 40-year-old. According to previous findings of the investigators, the man jumped in the night to Sunday, probably out of panic from the balcony, because he could not flee through the smoky stairwell, as a police spokesman told the dpa.
As the investigators further reported, the man was not one of the 65 reported residents, but was visiting the house. The fire broke out in an apartment on the third floor of the seven-storey high-rise building. The cause of the fire remains unclear.
Fire in Bensheim high-rise: man tragically dies
First report from Sunday, September 24, 7:42 a.m.: Terrible news from southern Hesse: A deadly apartment fire shook Bensheim (Bergstraße district) on Sunday night. One man tragically lost his life in the process. He fell or jumped out of the window of an apartment in the affected apartment building in the street "Im Entrich", as a spokesman for the police headquarters of southern Hesse announced early on Sunday morning.
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His body was discovered on a canopy. Another resident of the house had to be hospitalized with smoke inhalation. According to initial information from the police, the alarm was received at 2:11 a.m.
25 out of 65 registered persons find refuge in a care centre
A care centre has been set up for the residents of the seven-storey building. Initially, 25 people, including children, who were registered in the building, found refuge there. According to the police, a total of 65 people are registered in the high-rise building. The fire was extinguished early in the morning. Nevertheless, the operation of the rescue forces continued. (esa/nhe/dpa)
In May 2020, a huge fire broke out in a hall in Bürstadt.
This article was edited with the help of machines and carefully checked by editor Erik Scharf before publication.