Arson Suspected in Ankum Catholic Church Fire

Country: Germany

Date of incident: June 1, 2019

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



The fire department in Ankum was called to a smoldering fire in the St. Nikolaus Catholic Church around noon on June 1st. When the team of 33 firefighters in six firetrucks arrived, the Swedish visitors who had initially discovered the two spots of smoldering fire in the church, had already extinguished them out with water. According to police, the church wasn't damaged by the fire and the fire department only had to inspect the site and quickly gave the all-clear. Police suspect arson and began their investigation with the help of the Swedish visitors describing two girls running out of the church just before they themselves entered and the church's surveillance video tapes.

Sources: Freiwillige Feuerwehr Ankum (photo credit), NOZ