Turkey set to send experts to Germany to investigate deadly blaze

Türkiye Materials 5 February 2008 12:50 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Turkish experts are expected to join a team of investigators looking into the causes of a fire in the German city of Ludwigshafen on Monday that claimed the lives of nine Turkish immigrants, the ANKA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly asked German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble for a Turkish team to take part in the investigation.

"We look positively at Turkish experts taking part in any investigation," ANKA quoted Schaeuble, who is in Ankara on an official visit, as saying.

The fire on Monday in a five-storey tenement building in Ludwigshafen claimed nine lives and injured around 60, police in the south-western city said Monday.

The fire broke out just after a carnival parade through the city had finished Sunday afternoon. Police and firefighters on crowd duty were at the site instantly, but could not save people trapped in the third storey.

Most of the tenants in the low-rent building, close to the town hall of Ludwigshafen, were ethnic Turks. The city is an industrial centre with large chemicals factories.