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25 treated after fire at refugee shelter in Germany

Published 07/06/2016

Rescue cars stand near refugee accommodation where a fire broke out in Duesseldorf (Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa via AP)
Rescue cars stand near refugee accommodation where a fire broke out in Duesseldorf (Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa via AP)

Two people have been detained after a large fire at refugee accommodation in the western German city of Duesseldorf, police said.

City police spokeswoman Anja Kynast said the two men, both residents at the shelter, were taken in for questioning but not formally arrested.

Duesseldorf's fire department said about 70 firefighters rushed to the grounds of the city's convention centre after being alerted to the fire shortly after midday.

It said 24 of the 282 refugees living at the site were treated for smoke inhalation and one firefighter was treated for exhaustion.

Ms Kynast said authorities had been called to a previous fire at the shelter last month, but that the cause had not been determined.

Tuesday's fire created a large column of smoke over Duesseldorf that could be seen for dozens of miles.

Traffic at the city's nearby airport was not affected.

Smoke rises from a hall used as refugee shelter on June 7, 2016 in Duesseldorf, western Germany after a fire broke out. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / David Young / Germany OUTDAVID YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises from a hall used as refugee shelter on June 7, 2016 in Duesseldorf, western Germany after a fire broke out. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / David Young / Germany OUTDAVID YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images

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