All 14 Ukrainian refugees unharmed after the shelter was destroyed as authorities suspect arson after swastika graffiti was recently found at the facility’s entrance.
A shelter for Ukrainian refugees in northern Germany was razed in a fire, local media reported.
None of the 14 refugees staying at the shelter were injured on Wednesday night when the flames consumed the former hotel building in Groß Stromkendorf, a town in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
In a statement, the police headquarters in Rostock suspected that the fire had a political dimension and had set up an investigative team headed by the provisional head of state security.
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Swastika spray painted
Police visited the accommodation over the weekend after a swastika was sprayed on the entrance sign, according to local media reports.
District administrator Tino Schomann told reporters: “From my many years of experience as a firefighter, I currently assume that the fire was intentionally set.”
According to the fire brigade, the emergency services had to let the building burn down in a controlled manner because it could no longer be saved.
The refugees were transferred from the district to other accommodations.
The fire in the sparsely populated, poor eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania happened near where in August 1992 hundreds of right-wing extremists rioted for two days against asylum seekers and threw petrol bombs at their camps in Germany’s worst post-war anti-immigrant mob attacks.
The events sparked replica attacks across Germany, including the neo-Nazi arson attack on a Turkish family’s home in Solingen.
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Source: TRTWorld and agencies