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About a million euros in damage in major fire at German furniture store

Initial estimates suggest that a fire broke out at a furniture store in Bad Hersfeld (Germany) early Sunday morning, February 25, resulting in approximately one million euros in material damage. According to a police spokesperson, the cause of the fire in an industrial area of East Hesse city remains unclear, prompting an ongoing investigation by the authorities. Due to the extent of the damage, a thorough inspection of the fire site is anticipated to be feasible only on Monday. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

The emergency control centre was notified around 2:20 a.m., and upon arrival, emergency services observed heavy smoke and flames emanating from the building's roof. The fire rapidly spread throughout the storage and showroom areas of the furniture store, ultimately engulfing the entire premises in flames within a short period. However, the diligent efforts of the fire department prevented the blaze from spreading to adjacent businesses.

The affected establishment is described as a furniture warehouse with direct sales. Firefighting operations, which involved up to 250 emergency personnel at times, continued until early Sunday evening, focusing on extinguishing remaining pockets of fire. The fire department is presently engaged in scouring the site for any remaining embers. Meanwhile, residents were advised via radio warnings to temporarily keep their windows and doors closed as a precautionary measure.

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