Nine Turkish fire victims remains arrive in Turkey

Other News Materials 11 February 2008 01:02 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - The remains of the nine Turkish victims of a fire in Germany arrived by special chartered plane Sunday evening for burial in Turkey.

A spokesman at the airport at the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep confirmed the arrival of the plane, on which more than 80 family relations of the nine dead had also flown.

The nine victims, including four women and five children, are to be buried on Monday.

Earlier Sunday in the German city of Ludwigshafen, a mostly Turkish crowd of 4,500 paid their last respects to the nine who had perished in an unexplained apartment building fire on February 4.

Police, who cannot yet judge if the fire was arson or an accident, said they would soon offer a public account of the investigation so far, probably by way of a news conference on Monday or Tuesday.

A police spokesman said Sunday there were no new findings yet.

The fire gained world attention, first with news photos of parents throwing their baby from a window to a policeman who safely caught her, then with media claims that neo-Nazis might have set fire to the building.

The fire, which broke out just after an afternoon carnival parade through the town, also injured about 60 people.