It has been a year since a devastating fire in a residential building in Kayl claimed the life of a young boy, yet many questions remain unanswered.
On the night of 6 December 2022, a fire engulfed a house in the municipality of Kayl, where 23 people were residing. Despite the efforts of over 80 firefighters from the Grand Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (CGDIS), the tragedy claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy. The incident not only displaced several families but also resulted in the loss of a precious life.
In the immediate aftermath, affected residents were provided temporary accommodations in a hotel, received vouchers for hygiene products, and were supplied with clothing from the Kayl-Tétange clothing centre. Donations poured in through social media, collecting funds for furniture, clothes, and financial support for the affected families. The municipality of Kayl-Tétange assisted those impacted, arranging accommodations for two families within the municipality and others in Esch-sur-Alzette and Schifflange. The housing arrangements extend until the following year.
Donations totalling almost €70,000 were collected by the non-profit association KälTéiteng and distributed to the 22 people affected by the tragedy.
One year later, the public prosecutor's office remains unable to disclose the cause of the fire. Various expert reports have been completed, but additional tasks at the level of the examining magistrate are pending, indicating that the investigation will require more time, according to a spokesperson.
The municipality of Kayl-Tétange was also unable to comment. The house is currently still cordoned off. "This is to prevent anyone from just walking in. After all, it's private property," the municipality explained.
However, the house is set for demolition, as the municipality has issued a permit to this effect. The exact timing of the demolition has yet to be disclosed.