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Turning point for investigation into Gabian fire

LanguedocLiving, Jun 12

The investigation into the Gabian-Roquessels fire (Hérault), which killed Jérémy Beier and severely wounded three more firefighters in August 2016, marks a milestone. According to our information, 12 firefighters have been summoned to answer questions, including several senior officers.

The goal is to determine possible criminal responsibilities, 22 months after the tragedy.

On August 10, 2016, the fire broke out early in the afternoon, 150 firefighters and several planes were employed to neutralise the devastating fire in the scrubland. Four firefighters at the heart of the fire found themselves trapped in their fire truck, surrounded by flames.

Their self-protection system - which allows self-watering of the vehicle to limit heat - did not work and they had no choice but to jump into the flames. Jérémy Beier, 24, was 95% burned, and died a month and a half later. His three companions have survived but are still injured.

“We are waiting, we need the truth and let justice do its work,” said Thomas Beier, the victim's brother.

The gendarmes will hear various statements from firefighters, and senior management, but not the former director, colonel Risdorfer, who has already been questioned twice.

The main question remains - was the equipment fit for purpose, and if not, where does the fault lie?

Source Midi Libre, France 3

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