One day after the fire with six dead in Solothurn's city, the identification of the victims continues. At the same time, everything indicates that the dead are asylum seekers.
In the property affected by fire, the canton has rented two floors for asylum seekers, said the mayor of Solothurn Kurt Fluri to "Solothurner Zeitung". Some children went to kindergarten in Solothurn.
As the locals said 20 minutes, four out of six victims are said to be members of an Eritrean family. Thus, father, mother and two daughters have not been seen since the fire.
The victims of Solothurn
Shelter for the victims
Françoise Kopf, head of the organization IOS SOS Racism Solothurn, looks for asylum seekers living in the affected house. On Tuesday she wanted an idea of the situation. In a 20-minute interview, she stated that the house was interrupted. "Who would like to stay here, would first renovate." The house had also been too occupied. Then once a family of six had to share two rooms, as Kopf said. If there was a fire alarm in the house, she did not know: "I did not notice anyone."
Interview with Françoise Kopf, Head of IGA SOS Racism Solothurn. (Source: Stefan Ehrbar / 20 minutes)
According to city president Fluri, nine people were registered there. At the time of the burning, however, 20 people stayed in the building, as the Solothurn canton police already reported on Monday.
Solothurn's city plans a memorial service for the victims. First, however, one must know which religious communities the victims belonged to, "continued Fluri.
Cigarette led to fire
The burning of a property in Solothurn killed six people, including children, on early Monday morning. Incorrect handling of a cigarette led by the police to the fire in a apartment building. A person was arrested.
The devastating fire originated from a lower floor and developed heavy smoke. This spreads throughout the building. The fire completely destroyed the ground floor.
(EHS / q11 / SDA)