Probe into deadly fire at disabled workshop in Germany

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Probe into deadly fire at disabled workshop in Germany

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German authorities have begun an investigation into a fire and explosion at a workshop for disabled people which killed 14 people.

Around 100 workers were in the building making Christmas toys when the blaze broke out.

The workshop, at Titisee-Neustadt in the southwestern Black Forest Region, is run by the Catholic charity Caritas.

Eight people were injured but none are thought to have life-threatening injuries.

It took fire-fighters two hours to extinguish the fire.

The state’s prime minister Winfried Kretschmann flew to the town to console the relatives of those killed.

“It is a terrible disaster, we are devastated,” he said. “It is all the more tragic because it happened in these facilities for the handicapped.”

Both physically and mentally disabled people were working in the building at the time of the blaze.

Emergency services said many of those who had been rescued were dazed and puzzled by what had happened.

Psychologists were also sent to the scene to comfort traumatised survivors.