German hostel blaze injures 12

  • 20/10/2015
German hostel blaze injures 12

Twelve people have been injured after a fire broke out at a building housing mostly migrant workers from Bulgaria and Poland, German police say, adding that there were no immediate indications about the cause of the blaze.

Five of the injured were seriously hurt when the fire ripped through the half-timber building, located in the central German town of Gudensberg, on Monday (local time).

Meanwhile, in Erfurt, a block of flats meant to house migrants was flooded in the latest act of sabotage against planned refugee shelters in Germany, local government sources said on Monday.

A block with 17 flats sustained extensive water damage after vandals flooded the building in the eastern state of Thuringia.

The local council in the town of Frauenwald had rented the building from a private owner.

Five planned refugee shelters were set alight in recent weeks in Thuringia alone. Police have yet to make arrests in the arsons.

Germany has seen a spate of arson attacks on buildings intended to accommodate refugees as thousands of migrants, many fleeing Middle Eastern conflicts, continue to arrive daily.