As reported by many media outlets today, the roof truss of the traditional Oberforsthaus in Sachsenhausen burned out last night. The Frankfurt criminal investigation department is now investigating arson. It is questionable whether this was caused intentionally or negligently. The cultural monument, which has been unused for years, is now partly in danger of collapse.
Mayor Peter Feldmann expressed his dismay: "I am deeply shocked by the fire at the Oberforsthaus. If it is a case of arson, the perpetrator or perpetrators must be sought at full speed. Regardless, this gem on the edge of our city forest has lain derelict for far too long. The memory of this historic place, where Goethe, among others, stopped off, must be preserved for future generations. In what form this can be done will depend on whether the building can be saved," said Feldmann on the city's Facebook channel.
At about 10 p.m., witnesses reported the fire to 911. Firefighters then had the fire extinguished around 01:00. Subsequently, the fire scene was handed over to the police for the investigation of the cause of the fire. This morning, the Frankfurt police investigated the cause of the fire. This proved difficult due to the danger of collapse of the attic. The result of the investigation: arson. However, it is not yet clear whether the fire was started intentionally or negligently. On site, the police secured extensive trace material, whose laboratory tests, for example on accelerants, are still pending.
The police are now looking for witnesses. Pertinent tips takes the criminal investigation department under 069 / 755-51599 or any other police station.
For the almost 300-year-old cultural monument, which was built in 1729, an investor has long been found. A renovation would have been necessary long ago. Whether this will be possible at all now, or whether Frankfurt will lose another piece of history, remains to be seen. We will keep you posted.