The recovery the 19-year-old from the partially collapsed house was complicated and difficult, said the police spokesman. The emergency services should have cut thick concrete parts.
Now it is determined how the tragedy could have happened. During the course of Sunday, a structural engineer will examine the building and decide whether the police can enter the site and begin the investigation. The house was already secured with wire ropes and supports yesterday.
Previously, it was reported that another trapped fireman with serious injuries was recovered and hospitalized. Several other firefighters were also injured when they were deployed.
The residents of the house could previously be brought to safety.
The death of the young fireman caused dismay nationwide. The North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister, Herbert Reul, (CDU) expressed his condolences to the family via Twitter.
,@hreul to the #Death the Lienener #Feuerwehrmanns: “The tragic death of the fireman fills me with deep sadness. I am in my thoughts with his family, friends and his fire fellow friends. I sincerely wish you a lot of strength for the coming time. ”
– Ministry of the Interior of NRW (@IM_NRW) February 8, 2020
The German Fire Brigade Association called on all fire departments to hold a two-week mourning pile.
Our thoughts are with the comrades and families. We hope that the injured will recover completely. We ask the fire brigades for mourning until Saturday, February 22nd, 2020. / sda
– German Fire Brigade Association (@FeuerwehrDFV) February 8, 2020
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