Sad sight: excavator moved in: Cologne noble villa just a ruin

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The former thatched roof villa in Cologne’s posh Hahnwald district is a sad sight. After the devastating fire on Easter, it now looks like a demolition ruin. As police spokesman Christoph Schulte said on Monday (May 10th) on EXPRESS request, the cause of the fire has still not been clarified.

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  • Cologne criminal investigation department is waiting for an expert opinion

“The result of the report is not yet available,” said Schulte. Construction workers have now cordoned off the property on the Judenpfad, an excavator has moved in. The top floor of the villa consists only of charred beams and walls.

Villa fire in the posh Cologne-Hahnwald: Cologne police turn on experts

On Easter Sunday there was a large-scale operation in Cologne’s posh Hahnwald district: the fire brigade extinguished the burning thatched roof villa with the support of numerous voluntary fighters. Only after about eleven hours could the forces move away.

The fire brigade in action in Hahnwald: The thatched roof of a single-family house in Cologne burned on Easter Sunday (April 4, 2021).

At the beginning of April, the police then announced that an expert had been called in. In the coming days, he would examine the villa together with the fire experts from the Kripo.

Fire in Cologne’s posh Hahnwald district: fire brigade alerted on Easter Sunday

The fire brigade was alerted on Easter Sunday (April 4) at around 3:45 p.m. When the emergency services arrived, the thatched roof of the family house on Judenpfad was blazing. The dried pipe burned like tinder.

Fire in Cologne's posh Hahnwald district

The Cologne fire brigade extinguished the fire in Hahnwald on April 4, 2021.

Several nozzles were used to extinguish the fire. An additional water supply had to be set up because of the enormous amount of water required to extinguish the fire. Erasing the thatched roof was particularly time-consuming and labor-intensive, said defense spokesman Jörg Seemann. There were no injuries.

The forces were only able to move away on Easter Monday at around 3 a.m. A fire inspection took place at around 9 a.m., including checking whether new hot spots have formed. “There was no finding,” said Seemann.

Fire in Cologne-Hahnwald: fire brigade and rescue service with around 160 workers in action

The fire and rescue services with around 160 men and 50 vehicles were on duty. The units came from the fire stations in Porz, Ostheim, Marienburg, Lindenthal, Weidenpesch, Deutz and the volunteer fire brigade from Rodenkirchen, Eil, Ensen, Urbach, Holweide, Kalk, Porz-Langel, Lövenich, Brück, Dellbrück and Strunden.

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