Five injured in migrant home fire in southern Germany

Five people have been taken to hospital with complications resulting from smoke inhalation after a migrant home was deliberately set on fire in southern Germany on Saturday.

Authorities in the city of Erbach are investigating the exact motivation for the fire and looking for potential suspects, a police spokesman said.

The fire at the housing unit, which provides shelter to 26 migrants and homeless people, started after paper, cardboard and clothes were set alight.

The number of arson attacks on asylum seekers' homes across the country has risen steadily over the past 18 months after Chancellor Angela Merkel's promise of sanctuary brought around 1.1 million migrants to Germany in 2015.

While some arson attacks have been committed by right-wing groups, other fires have been started at the migrant accommodations as an act of frustration and protest by the migrants living there.

Erbach Mayor Achim Gaus said there haven't been any large protests against migrants or other negative sentiment in the city.

Last update: Sat, 17/09/2016 - 12:06


More from Europe

Manuel Valls, France's ambitious former PM with sights set on Elysee

Ambitious is one of the words most frequently deployed to describe Manuel Valls.

French Socialist prime minister says he will enter presidential race

French Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he will enter 2017 presidential race, stepping down from his post...

Italy coastguard: more than 1,000 migrants saved, 16 bodies recovered

Some 1,022 people were saved and 16 bodies were recovered in recent migrant rescues on the Mediterranean, the...

Merkel's CDU to toughen ayslum laws at party conference

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's signalled on Monday that her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) will toughen...

Concerns high as Europe eyes post-Renzi Italy

Chancellor Angela Merkel led German and European leaders on Monday in expressing regret about Italian Prime Minister...