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Fire in Lucerne Early this Morning: 3 Children Missing

  • By The Swiss Times
  • 22 January 2024

Fire in Lucerne Engulfs Home, Leaving Three Children Unaccounted For

Fire in Lucerne Early this Morning: 3 Children Missing

A devastating fire in Lucerne has left the community in shock. Late Sunday night, flames engulfed a residential building in Wiggen LU, resulting in two adults sustaining severe injuries and three children missing.

The fire in Lucerne was reported around 01:20, as confirmed by Yanik Probst, a spokesman for the Lucerne police. Emergency services were met with the sight of a residential building and an adjacent barn ablaze. The severity of the fire left three children, ages six, seven, and nine, unaccounted for. As stated by Beat Duss, president of Escholzmatt-Marbach, the children are siblings.

In the face of danger, the fire department faced a tough decision. Godi Studer, commander of the Escholzmatt-Marbach fire department, emphasized the priority of their safety, preventing a search inside the unstable building.

Efforts to find the missing children in the fire in Lucerne have involved the Emmen LU fire department. The team can safely enter the precarious structure using an aerial rescue device. The device enables access from above, ensuring the safety of the rescue team.

Amidst the tragedy, authorities revealed the adults’ identities. The seriously injured, aged 36 and 43, are the parents of the missing children, with a third individual, aged 38, suffering minor injuries. All adults have received medical attention, with the two severely injured being airlifted to a hospital.

The fire in Lucerne has raised questions about the building’s safety. The house, an old wooden farmhouse connected to a barn without a firewall, ceased functioning as a farm. The cause of the fire remains unknown.
This fire in Lucerne has profoundly impacted the local community.

The mayor expressed deep concern, and schools have been informed of the tragic event involving their students. Hopes remain high for a positive outcome in this harrowing incident.

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