Shortly before 6:30 a.m., a fire broke out in an apartment building in downtown Villach. The flames already hit an apartment on the first floor. A resident, even with the youth fire department, heard an explosion and woke her father. Together they put out the flames in the anteroom of the apartment with a hand fire extinguisher. However, smoke and soot were scattered throughout the house.
60 residents evacuated from residential building
There were also two petrol cans in the stairwell, which suggest a deliberate arson. Due to the confusing situation, the entire house was evacuated immediately. A 30-year-old resident of the house suffered burns of indefinite degree and was brought to the LKH Villach after first aid.
A total of 60 residents with small children and pets were taken outside and looked after by the Red Cross and the Samaritan Association and temporarily accommodated in a requested bus. A crisis intervention team from the Red Cross took care of the sometimes frightened children and their families.
Police: was it arson?
A 30-year-old resident of the house suffered burns of indefinite degree and was brought to the LKH Villach after first aid. Three other people were also injured, the police say.
The investigation into the cause of the fire was carried out by the LKA Carinthia.
Since arson cannot be ruled out, the request is made to possible witnesses to report suspicious perceptions in connection with the fire in Widmanngasse by telephone on 059133 203 333 .