Fire in refugee accommodation near Wismar: firefighter suspect

VFour weeks after the devastating fire at a refugee camp in Groß Strömkendorf near Wismar, a volunteer firefighter from the region was arrested on Wednesday. The public prosecutor’s office in Schwerin announced that he was an urgent suspect. The 32-year-old firefighter is said to have started three other fires. The investigators do not see a political background.

Previously had the NDR and the radio station Ostseewelle reports that a suspect has been arrested. According to Ostseewelle, the man has not yet made a political appearance. Investigators are looking into whether there is a connection to a series of previous arson attacks in the area.

After the devastating fire on October 19, the police assumed arson early on. The investigators had not ruled out a political background because a few days earlier a swastika graffiti had been found on the entrance sign of the accommodation. In the weeks before, there had also been an unexplained series of fires in the region, to which straw rents, forest areas and, on October 10, an empty, thatched house in Blowatz had fallen victim. Groß Strömkendorf belongs to the municipality of Blowatz.

The fire on October 19 in Groß Strömkendorf had the former hotel in which the refugee shelter was largely destroyed. The 14 residents and three carers were able to escape unharmed from the thatched building.

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