Suspected arson on supply lines – hundreds without electricity – BZ Berlin

Early Saturday morning, a supply bridge over a railway line in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg burned down. It could be an attack.

The fire broke out around 3.20 am. Supply lines at Dänenstrasse / Schönfließer Strasse were on fire.

A freshwater pipe was also damaged in the fire, which prevented the flames from spreading widely. However, there was a lot of water on the tracks.

The damaged supply line (Photo: spreepicture)

About 30 firefighters were on the scene and quickly extinguished the fire. Employees from the electricity network, the water company and the railway were also present. The police too.

The fire brigade was able to quickly get the fire under control (Picture: spreepicture)
The fire brigade was able to quickly get the fire under control (Picture: spreepicture)

According to the initial findings on the spot, arson must be assumed.

State security police and forensics are on the scene.

Police on the spot (Picture: spreepicture)
Police on the spot (Picture: spreepicture)

In the past, there had been numerous attacks on Berlin’s critical infrastructure. In the morning some households in the area were still without electricity – it was initially impossible to say exactly how many people were affected.

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While the Stromnetz Berlin tweeted at 6:35 a.m. that the outage had been resolved, residents reported that the streets in Prenzlauer Berg were still dark.

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Initially, no impairments were reported by the S-Bahn.

Benjamin Jendro of GdP Berlin said: “This is not political expression. Anyone who commits arson attacks on important parts of our infrastructure and supply structure is acting absolutely futilely and is attacking our democratic coexistence. These extremist attacks may not claim human lives, but they are nevertheless an insidious attempt to destabilize something that should not be belittled.”

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