Fa­tal Swiss house fire checked for ar­son

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BER­LIN — Swiss po­lice say a father and his two young chil­dren have died in a house fire and they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the man set the fire de­lib­er­ately.

The fire broke out Sun­day morn­ing in a six-story build­ing in the south­east­ern city of Chur. Res­cuers found three bod­ies in one apart­ment.

Po­lice in Graubuen­den can­ton said the vic­tims are be­lieved to be a 33-year-old man from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, his 8-year-old daugh­ter and his 3-year-old son.

They said a fire ac­cel­er­ant caused at least one ex­plo­sion and in­ves­ti­ga­tors are fo­cus­ing on a sus­pected role the father might have had in the blaze.

Six res­i­dents and two fire­fight­ers were taken to a hospi­tal af­ter in­hal­ing smoke from the fire, and 48 peo­ple were evac­u­ated from the build­ing.

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