France, fire in Alsace: holiday home was not up to standard

The holiday home in Alsace in eastern France, where 11 people were killed in a fire yesterday, did not meet the fire safety standards required for a property of this type. To say it is the assistant prosecutor of the city of Colmar, Nathalie Kielwasser. “The accommodation had not undergone the mandatory safety inspection” and “did not have the necessary characteristics to accommodate the public”.

The fire

France is wondering about the causes of the fire that broke out yesterday morning in a summer center for the mentally disabled in Wintzenheim. It is the worst disaster ever recorded in the country since the fire of a bar in Rouen in 2016, which claimed the lives of 14 people. Yesterday’s 11 victims were found in the rubble upstairs of the building and in a collapsed mezzanine and were identified thanks to a drone and the help of dogs. The firefighters were alerted around 6.30 in the morning and managed to put out the flames that had invaded the building located in a locality called La Forge, a hamlet not far from the border with Germany in a short time. “My thoughts go to the victims, the wounded, their loved ones”, President Emmanuel Macron wrote in X, while Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, who arrived in Wintzenheim, spoke of a “frightening tragedy”, specifying that she had arrived on the spot to give “support to the families, the victims and the emergency and security forces who intervened promptly”.