Clean-up and investigation after a house collapse in North Rhine-Westphalia
After the collapse of the house as a result of the gas explosion, the cleaning and studies are continuing at the accident site. It is not yet clear what exactly caused the explosion in Hemer.
After the explosion in the residential building of the city of Hemer, Sauerland, the cleaning and police investigation work continues at the accident site. The technical assistance organization and the fire brigade with heavy equipment should gradually and carefully clear the rubble.
On Saturday, the criminal police of the Märkischer Kreis took over the direction of the investigation after it became clear that there were no more missing persons under the rubble. Police officers secured the affected area in a residential area in the south of the city of 40,000 inhabitants, east of Iserlon.
As a result of the strong explosion that took place on Friday evening, the residential building was completely destroyed and collapsed. “I have seen several buildings after a gas explosion, but I have never seen complete destruction on this scale,” said Andreas Schulte, a representative of the Hemer Fire Department.
According to the authorities, a total of eight people lived in the apartment building, five of whom were at home at the time of the accident. Immediately after the explosion, two lightly injured people were rescued. The rescuers released the 32-year-old woman and the 36-year-old man in the most difficult conditions on Saturday night. The survivors were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. From the beginning, there was no other information about his health condition. A 57-year-old woman died as a result of the explosion and collapse of the house. He managed to be saved alive from the rubble only around 9 o’clock on Saturday morning.
“The rest should be done by the investigators now. We have to wait and see in peace now, we also have to give them time,” said North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Rohl (CDU), who had an impression of the destruction and around 300 police on Saturday. , the fire brigade and THW emergency services and the Red Cross for their tireless efforts.