World Bulletin / News Desk
Cause of death of eight Turkish nationals who were killed in a fire in Backnang city of Germany on Sunday, was announced smoke inhalation and burning.
German police officials announced that there was "no sign" of arson and the reason of fire could be broken stove.
Officials said 7 children -between the ages of 6 months to 17- and their mother lost their lives and their bodies were found at the first floor of the house.
Police said the fire was estimated to erupt due to a broken stove and there was no sign of an arson yet.
Nazli Ozkan Soykan (40), Hatice (17), Yilmaz (14), Abdulkadir (8), Izzet (7), Yasin (6), Ahmet (3), and Murat ( 6 months) lost her lives in the fire.
An elder woman, a man and a 11-year-old boy from the same family were rescued and under treatment in hospital added officials.
The father of the family, who was out of the house during the fire, had a nervous breakdown and in hospital under doctor control.
It was said that there was Turkish-German cultural center at the entrance floor of the building and it was a leather factory back than.
Arson suspected in past fires
Ankara urged German authorities to conduct a thorough examination and seriously investigate the incident in all its dimensions. A statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Sunday said German police stated that the incident was not arson or a racist attack, but the ministry avoided fully accepting the German police's account and said past events make it necessary to thoroughly investigate the fire.
“In this regard, we expect the German authorities to conclude the investigation as quickly as possible,” the statement stressed.
The statement added that Turkey's ambassador in Berlin, Hüseyin Avni Karslıoğlu, and Stuttgart Consul General Mustafa Türker Arı travelled to Backnang to inspect the scene and to offer condolences to the community.
Last October, a fire broke out in two apartment blocks in the Germany city of Bremen that sent 30 people to hospital. The buildings were located on the same street, and both are owned by Germans of Turkish descent. Arson is suspected in the incident.
These incidents are not the first in Germany. Three children from a Turkish family died in an apartment fire in Dortmund on Aug. 3, 2012. Rescue teams found the bodies of 4-year-old Mustafa Tüfekçi and 12-year-old Dilan Tüfekçi, while 10-year-old Mehmet Tüfekçi was taken to hospital with severe burns but later died from his injuries. A spokesman for the Dortmund Police Department, Peter Schulz, said there were strong indications the fire was the result of arson.
In another deadly incident, nine Turks, including five children, were killed in a blaze in an apartment building in the western German city of Ludwigshafen on Feb. 5, 2008, an event considered the biggest fire in the post-World War II history of the city. All nine victims were immigrants from Turkey’s southern province of Gaziantep, and most of them were from the same family, officials said.
Another notorious fire was part of a brutal attack in which Turks were targeted in the western city of Solingen in 1993 when a group of extreme rightist neo-Nazis set ablaze the homes of Turkish families, killing five members of one family.Last Mod: 11 Mart 2013, 10:53