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Update on the fire in Bichl: Workshop and storage building destroyed - 800,000 euros damage

2023-11-28T20:07:09.245Z

Highlights: Update on the fire in Bichl: Workshop and storage building destroyed - 800,000 euros damage. 15 residents evacuated as a precaution. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Weilheim Criminal Investigation Department. The firefighting work is still ongoing. The roof of the building is still torn down to be able to better fight pockets of fire. There is an app warning that windows and doors in the neighborhood should be closed. That's why there's a smoke warning in effect around 17:15 pm.



Status: 28.11.2023, 21:03 PM

By: Andreas Baar

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The masks protected the emergency services from the heavy smoke. © Anne Rossa

Bichl - In the major fire in Bichl, a workshop and storage building was completely destroyed. The property damage is estimated at 800,000 euros.

The fire brigades from Bichl and Benediktbeuern as well as forces from Penzberg were alerted on Tuesday (28 November) at around 13.50 p.m. to a roof truss fire on Ludlmühlstraße in Bichl. "When the first forces arrived, large parts of the eastern part of the building were already in flames," reports Stefan Kießkalt, press spokesman for the Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen district fire inspectorate. The incident commander immediately raised the alert level to "B4 fire industrial building" and requested additional forces.

The fire broke out in a warehouse and workshop building. © Andreas Baar

Extinguishing work on Ludlmühlstraße in Bichl: The fire brigade has set up a water connection. © Andreas Baar

BRK cared for evacuees

With several extinguishing pipes, "extensive firefighting" was immediately initiated, according to the spokesman. Due to the heavy smoke, 15 residents had to be evacuated from the surrounding buildings. They were accommodated in the Gasthaus zum Bayerischen Löwen and cared for by BRK emergency services and the emergency services from Bad Tölz and Ohlstadt. Due to the heavy smoke, a warning was issued to the population via the warning apps "Katwarn" and "Nina".

The rear of the building was also deleted. © Anne Rossa

Extinguishing in case of snowfall. © Anne Rossa

Roof partially torn

The location was divided into several operational sections. Firefighting proved to be lengthy. In order to get to all the sources of the fire, the roof of the building had to be partially torn down with two excavators from nearby companies. In the area of a bakery, the operations control was set up. Head of Operations Wolfgang Stahl, District Fire Inspector South: "The cooperation of all emergency services went smoothly. However, the weather conditions with snowfall and wet roads were an additional challenge for the emergency services."

Use with respiratory protection. © Andreas Baar

Fire brigades from three districts arrived

Fire brigade units from the districts of Bad Tölz, Wolfratshausen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Weilheim-Schongau were deployed. The extinguishing work would continue into the evening hours, it was said by the district fire inspectorate. For the duration of the firefighting work, the Bichl thoroughfare had to be completely closed. According to initial estimates, the property damage amounts to about 800,000 euros, according to fire department spokesman Kießkalt. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Weilheim Criminal Investigation Department.

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+++ Last message from 17:41 p.m. +++

The fire in the warehouse and workshop building on Ludlmühlestraße in Bichl was reported around 13:50 p.m. The firefighting work is still ongoing. The roof of the building is to be torn down in order to be able to better fight pockets of fire. There is a lot of smoke. That's why there was an app warning that windows and doors in the neighborhood should be closed. This was still in effect around 17:15 p.m.

15 residents evacuated

The property is located in a residential area. According to Stefan Kießkalt, spokesman for the Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen district fire inspectorate, 15 residents were evacuated as a precaution. They were looked after by the BRK at Gasthof Löwen. As Kießkalt told the Rundschau, fortunately there were no injuries in the fire. Kochler Strasse was still closed, it was said around 17 p.m. Road users should use the Bichler bypass.

According to Kießkalt, a total of 155 personnel from surrounding fire brigades are on duty, including 53 breathing apparatus wearers. In addition, 25 personnel from the BRK rescue service and 14 police officers from various departments.

Information on the cause of the fire is not yet available. As it was said by the police headquarters Upper Bavaria South at the request of the Rundschau, the Kripo Weilheim has taken up the investigation.

+++ First message at 15:02 p.m. +++

Early Tuesday afternoon (28 November) at around 13.50 p.m., the Integrated Control Centre Oberland received a report of a fire on Ludlmühlstraße in Bichl. Currently, a large number of emergency services from the surrounding fire brigades and rescue services are in action, according to the Upper Bavaria South police headquarters. Forces from the Kochel police station and surrounding departments are also on site. There is no further information yet.

Source: merkur

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