From red / dpa 15 September 2018 – 16:30 o'clock flames in the deportation cell: The prisoners had put the fire in the Vienna prison itself. What they wanted to do with it, the authorities do not know.
The fire broke out in this prison.
Vienna – Several men in deportation detention have set fire to a cell in Vienna and have been seriously injured. The investigators found a letter in which the five Afghans and an Iranian complain about their deportation, said police spokesman Harald Sörös on Saturday. Whether this was a letter of farewell, as was initially assumed, or whether they only wanted to attract attention with the fire was unclear. The Austrian police had initially assumed a suicide attempt.
The seriously injured were first placed on intensive care units, as the news agency APA reported. On Saturday, four of the wounded were in a stable condition. One inmate suffered burns on 10 percent of his body, another was treated for smoke poisoning, said Sörös the German Press Agency.
Detainees retire to the washroom Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl was shocked by the incident: "I wish all victims a speedy and complete recovery." He announced a review of security measures in prisons run by the Ministry of the Interior.
The inmates laid the fire, according to the police, and then retreated to a washroom. One of the inmates later tried to get help but collapsed at the door, Sörös told the APA. The prisoners had blocked the cell door with a locker, presumably to hinder the emergency services. The five Afghans are 18 to 33 years old, the Iranians 30 years. 100 police officers on duty The flames were quickly extinguished, according to the Vienna police. Because of the heavy smoke, 40 more prisoners were brought to safety. According to the report, around 100 police and 70 firefighters were on duty. According to media reports, the prison has been a place of dramatic events in the past. Desperate detainees had set their cells on fire or went on hunger strike. In the first half of 2018, according to Interior Ministry figures, 2106 migrants were shed, 38 percent more than a year earlier.
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