21.2.2016 Germany migrant shelter fire 'cheered by onlookers'


Suspected arson attack comes three days after protesters blocked bus carrying asylum seekers in East German state

The fire in the town of Bautzen in the early hours of Sunday morning 21st February 2016 destroyed the roof of a former hotel, which was being converted into a migrant shelter.

Locals had cheered as the building caught fire, police stated. “Some people reacted with derogatory comments and undisguised joy.”  

Police also stated that some of the crowd tried to prevent fire fighters from extinguishing the blaze, which destroyed the roof.

The Police suspected arson and investigators found traces of a fire accelerant at the scene.  It was not immediately clear whether the building can be restored.  The investigations were carried out by detectives who normally deal with extremist crimes.

Police in Bautzen said many in the crowd watched the fire and commented with "unashamed delight".  Two drunken men were arrested after they refused to leave the scene. 

Three people, all aged 20, were ordered to leave for hampering fire fighters.

The converted hotel was intended to house 300 migrants.

No-one was hurt in this incident.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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