Arson Confirmed in Hellenthal Church Fire

Country: Germany

Date of incident: February 21, 2019

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



Over 120 firefighters worked for hours to extinguish a fire at the Evangelischen Kirche in Hellenthal on February 21st. The fire began in the half-timbered church annex and spread to the roof of 18th century church. A firewall prevented further damage to the church itself, and the nave and valuable church books were saved. Police estimated damage at several hundred thousand euros and confirmed on February 26, 2019 that the cause of the fire was arson and have continued their investigation.

Sources: WDR, Wochen SpiegelKölnische Rundschau, and Radio Euskirchen