29-Year-Old Eritrean killed, 40 Others Injured from Building Fire

29-year-old Eritrean dies in burning asylum accommodation

Asylum seekers jumped out of the window

blick.ch | November 17, 2014

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VERNIER – Geneva – A fire in a refugee center in Vernier GE in the past night, a 29-year-old Eritrean was killed. About 40 asylum seekers were injured.

In the asylum accommodation of Vernier GE today broke from night panic. “The fear was palpable,” said Marc Feuardent on Monday, a captain in the emergency services of the city of Geneva. After around 00.31 clock fire broke out in a room on the ground floor, a dark smoke spread rapidly in several floors.

Of the 189 residents of the property more than 40 were injured, eleven of them seriously, two of them at risk of dying. When the deceased is a 29-year-old man from Eritrea.

Several people suffered smoke inhalation and others were injured when they jumped from the windows.

Medical tents set up on site

The Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) sent a large contingent on site and set up two tents in a first aid post one. There were total of 43 people treated. Of which had to be brought in the HUG and in the hospitals of Meyrin, Morges and Nyon 40 people.

The cause of the fire is still unclear, said Henri Della Casa, media spokesman for the Geneva judicial authorities. For a case investigation was opened.

In the asylum accommodation men were exclusively quartered whose applications had been rejected. After the fire, the asylum seekers were housed in two civil defense facilities in the vicinity.

In two weeks the upper floors will be habitable again

The three upper floors of the building shall be rehabilitated until one to two weeks, said Bernard Manguin, Spokesman of the Institute “Hospice général” that leads the asylum accommodation for the canton of Geneva, on request. The renovations, the ground floor needed more time.

It is not the first time that in the asylum accommodation in Vernier GE erupted fire. End of 2011, eleven people were injured in a fire, four of them seriously. In April 2010, a fire destroyed five rooms, but no one was injured.

The “center d’hébergement of Tattes» was opened in 1996 and includes several buildings that have been renovated in recent years. The buildings accommodate approximately 700 people. It thus is the largest refugee center in Switzerland. (SDA)

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