Another day, another asylum center burned to the ground.
Mönchengladbach: Major Fire in Refugee Center — Resident Arrested
[Photo caption: Thursday before noon, a refugee shelter in Carl-Diem-Straße in Mönchengladbach burnt to the ground completely. The inhabitants accuse an asylum seeker from Somalia of setting the fire. He was arrested.]
Mönchengladbach — The smoke column rising from the Volksgarten in Mönchengladbach on Thursday mid-morning was visible for kilometers.
Smoke Column over Volksgarten
A fire broke out in a refugee shelter on Carl-Diem-Straße shortly after 10 AM CET. The flames spread rapidly. The container modules which housed refugees from different countries were soon fully ablaze.
Firefighters could basically only let it burn down in a controlled manner. There was nothing left to save.
Did an inhabitant set the fire?
Police arrested a 21-year-old asylum seeker from Somalia. Other inhabitants accused him to the police of setting the fire.
It is not certain if he indeed set the fire. Police began further investigations.
No one was injured. The refugees are being taken to other shelters at the moment.