During a fire at the construction site, the attic of a house in the ice factory complex listed on Köpenicker Strasse / corner Adalbertstraße was destroyed on Wednesday evening. A fire department spokesman said a total of 800 square meters of roof trusses burned before forces could control the fire around 8:30 pm. Eyewitnesses reported that the fire was still visible from a distance.
According to the spokesperson, more than 90 forces were involved in the firefighting, which lasted until late at night to smother the smoking nests. "Fortunately, we have been able to prevent the flames from spreading in neighboring homes," says the fire brigade spokesman. As often happens in fires on construction sites, the operational forces in the ice factory had to deal with gas cylinders. Four would have unloaded as expected due to the heat of the gas, one had to bring the firefighters to safety. Neither the emergency services nor the residents had been injured.
A dormitory adjacent to the property had to be evacuated as a precautionary measure. The Köpenicker Straße was also closed due to the mission: the bus lines 165 and 265 were diverted between Heinrich-Heine-Straße and Bethaniendamm subway stations in the evening.
The real estate complex is owned by the real estate developer Trockland, as a company spokesperson has confirmed the Tagesspiegel. The company is currently renovating the complex and wants to build a mixed use of residential and commercial properties there. Trockland is currently negotiating with the Senate for a development at the historic Checkpoint Charlie. Not only the plans are controversial, but also the investor – for the connections with the family of a former Turkmen despot.
The police could not say anything about the causes of the evening fire. Even if it could be an arson, a spokesman in the evening did not want to speculate – it was "pure speculation," he said. At night, firefighters delivered the site to the police. On Thursday, the fire investigators will investigate the cause.
The mission also shows the importance of volunteer firefighters for fire protection in Berlin. The first ice-maker fire pump came from the voluntary fire department Friedrichshain, which was soon reinforced by professional firefighters. To ensure readiness in the guards, the volunteers Wehren Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Urban, Schöneberg and Neukölln filled the gaps.