Schloss Elmau Destroyed by Fire
The German press reports that on Sunday, 7th August, fire
destroyed most of Schloss Elmau, a popular tourist destination
in Bavaria. The fire was caused by a fault in the electric
blanket of the 91 year old former manager of the hotel.
Ten people, including two firefighters, were lightly injured.
Over four hundred guests and staff evacuated the building,
some using windows and the roof. Damage is estimated in
the millions of Euros.
Schloss Elmau was built in 1916 near the village of Kruen
and has sensational views over the Alps. The castle initially
housed a community of eccentric artists but was later converted
by its owners to a hotel.
There was no mention of a sprinkler system in the hotel.
Had there been a system it would almost certainly have controlled
the fire, preventing the unnecessary injuries and destruction
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