Great fire in Neu-Hohenschnhausen
:Warehouse collapsed on industrial site
On Sunday evening, a fire broke out on an industrial site in Berlin Neu-Hohenschnhausen. This is the site of a car recycling company in Gehrenseestrae. The burning warehouse has collapsed meanwhile. The approximately 100 forces have the fire but under control. The firefighting will still last several hours into the night, so a spokesman for the fire department, since the fire can only be extinguished from the outside.
Task forces previously reported three explosions in the warehouse. It concerned pressurized gas containers with acetylene, a welding gas. Danger for the surrounding residents did not exist. Since the site itself is located in a pure industrial area, no evacuations were required, the fire department spokesman.
Residents should keep windows and doors closed
Due to the strong smoke there is also odor nuisance. The fire department asks local residents east of the fire (towards Bitterfeldstrae / Klettwitzerstrae) to keep windows and doors closed in the coming hours. The more than 100 meters high black smoke column can be seen in many parts of the capital.
By 6 pm, the fire had broken out on an area of around 1,200 square meters in the single-storey warehouse of the car recycling company. The steel-engineered hall housed automotive components such as engines, transmissions and car seats. The fire was buried under the collapse of tons of steel, so that the forces can not advance to the actual fire. The extinguishing work now takes place from the outside. For this purpose, several turntable ladders are used.
Due to the weekend, there were no people on the premises, so there are no casualties.
Initially, the fire brigade moved in with around 60 field workers. Meanwhile, around 100 task forces are fighting the fire. At first there were problems with the water supply, so a spokesman for the Berlin fire department.
Due to the hot day, the use of firefighters is a heavy burden. Chiefs of action make sure that the comrades receive enough to drink, also an additional care of the emergency services has been established.
Roads around the industrial site closed
Roads around the area at Gehrenseestrae were closed. The police secured the escape routes. Around 50 onlookers gathered near the site.