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Diehl defence company: Investigators investigate sabotage as cause of fire

Diehl defence company: Investigators investigate sabotage as cause of fire
Diehl defence company: Investigators investigate sabotage as cause of fire

At the beginning of May, a fire at the Diehl Group in Berlin caused millions in damage. The cause is believed to have been a technical defect – but sabotage cannot be ruled out.

According to a report, a technical defect caused a major fire in a metal technology company in Berlin-Lichterfelde. Experts from fire insurance companies came to this conclusion, a company spokesman said on Friday. The company has not yet found any evidence of sabotage. “In theory, sabotage could lead to a technical defect,” said the Diehl spokesman.

According to a recent report in the “Bild” newspaper, the German government is investigating the suspicion that the Russian state could be behind the fire. A foreign intelligence service informed German secret services that there was concrete evidence of Russian involvement, the paper writes. The German government did not want to comment on this on Friday.

The Diehl Group is a large arms company that also supplies weapons to Ukraine. This sparked speculation in the media and social networks seven weeks ago. According to the company, however, no arms were produced in the Berlin plant.

Major damage caused by fire at Diehl

The fire in the Diehl Group’s plant, which produces car parts, among other things, has caused a lot of damage. Managing Director Thomas Hör spoke on the RBB evening news about a double-digit million figure. As part of the demolition work and further investigations on the site, a company spokesman said that further research into the cause of the technical defect would be carried out, the spokesman said.

The fire broke out on May 3rd. A technical room on the first floor of a factory building was completely ablaze. According to the fire department, more than 200 emergency personnel were on site for several days. No one was injured. According to the company, production is now continuing around the clock with around 500 employees on the remaining production lines.

Source: Stern

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