Nine died but this baby was saved after being dropped to waiting firemen from the third floor of the blazing building. Photos: AFP
This baby survived after being thrown from the third floor of a blazing German apartment building.
But at least nine people, five of them children, died in the fire in the city of Ludwigshafen, police say.
Police found eight bodies in the building, while one woman died in a hospital after the fire yesterday, police spokeswoman Simone Eisenbarth said. Twenty-two people remain in hospital.
“Unfortunately, we cannot exclude further victims,” she said.
Investigators were not able to enter parts of the smouldering building because the structure, much of it made of wood, was in danger of collapsing.
The cause of the fire, which started in the afternoon, was not clear and the victims had not yet been identified, Ms Eisenbarth said.
Police said 24 people – all Turkish citizens – were registered as living in the four-storey building, but more people had been in the house because of carnival celebrations.
Police said the house’s old wooden staircase collapsed after the fire broke out and that, in some cases, residents threw their children to police officers before jumping out of the building themselves.
Detectives believe Sunday’s inferno at the mainly Turkish block in Ludwigshafen, Germany, may have been started deliberately by neo-Nazis.