Berlin Sauna fire likely caused by negligence
It has emerged that the blaze at the Steamworks Sauna in Berlin (formerly Apollo Splash Club) in which 3 people died on Sunday may have been caused by negligence.
German tabloid Bild reports that while the exact causes of the fire are still unclear, the police is able to exclude arson. The fire broke out in the basement of the sauna, where the private cabins were located. It has been reported that the emergency exits in this section of the venue were blocked and people had to find their way out via the upstairs exits. Unfortunately 3 of the sauna customers did not manage to escape in time and died of smoke inhalation.
Over the past few weeks, the operators Marcel M. and Timo Z. had carried out numerous rebuilding measures at the club and switched to a 24-hour operation. It is now unclear whether the sauna will ever reopen: Bild mentions that the owners of the venue had an unpaid water bill of 12,000 Euros and three outstanding monthly rents.