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Fire at German workshop for disabled kills 14 people

At least six others have been injured in the fire near Freiburg in south-western Germany.

Image: (AP Photo/dapd, Kamera24.TV)

A FIRE BROKE out at a workshop for disabled people in south-western Germany earlier, killing 14 people and injuring at least six others.

Markus Straub, a spokesman for local fire-fighters, said there was no immediate information on why the building in Titisee-Neustadt, a town in the Black Forest near the city of Freiburg, caught fire earlier this afternoon.

Injuries

The injured all required medical assistance, but Straub had no detailed information on how severe their injuries were.

The centre employs some 120 people with either mental or physical disabilities in a variety of jobs including metalwork, woodwork and electrical installation, according to the facility’s website. It is run by the Catholic Church’s Caritas organization.

Some 100 fire-fighters were deployed to battle the flames, Straub said. Dozens of ambulance workers were at the scene, and smoke poured from windows of the modern, three-story centre.

Smoke

There are usually 100 to 120 people in the centre at any one time, police spokesman Karl-Heinz Schmid told Suedwestrundfunk radio.

“It will take days to investigate what caused the fire,” he said.

The town’s mayor, Armin Hinterseh, said the center’s buildings were quite new. “It is devastating. We now have to find out how it happened,” he was quoted as saying by local daily Badische Zeitung.

Baden-Wuerttemberg state governor Winfried Kretschmann rushed to the scene, his office said.

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