According to the radio station “Ostseewelle”, a suspect was arrested four weeks ago after the arson at a refugee accommodation inhabited by Ukrainians in Groß Strömkendorf near Wismar. The broadcaster reported that it was a firefighter from the region. The man has not yet appeared politically. Investigators are looking into whether there is a connection to a series of previous arson attacks in the area.
The public prosecutor’s office in Schwerin initially did not want to comment on the report. In a press conference at noon, she wants to announce the results of the determination of the cause of the fire and details of the status of the investigation. 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.
According to the district, 14 refugees from Ukraine, who were looked after by three employees, lived in the former Hotel “Schäfereck”. Nobody was physically injured in the fire. However, the thatched house burned down completely. According to initial investigations, the police estimated the damage to property at a higher six-digit sum.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) tweeted: “One thing must be clear to everyone: people fleeing war need our protection and our support. Incitement and violence will not be tolerated.”