Important information during the hot weather in Oberursel

Several pieces of information information have been issued by the town hall in recent days concerning the hot weather, with temperatures hitting the 30°c mark most days at the moment. [Read more…]

Sirens to be tested on Saturday morning

Although the members of the fire brigade in Oberursel are usually equipped with pagers, the town also operates a system of sirens to alert them should a major catastrophe take place and the local infrastructure be affected.

These sirens were once part of a national network, but when the network was decommissioned in the 1990s the town decided to keep them and operate them locally.

The system is due to be tested on Saturday, 26th January, 2018 between 12 noon and 12.30pm.  The test signal lasts for one minute and is made up of three 12-second signals with pauses between them.

There is no cause for alarm if you hear that signal between those times!

The sirens are located at the fire stations, or in Oberstedten’s case where the fire station used to be:

  • Marxstraße 34
  • Kalbacher Straße 10 (Bommersheim)
  • Kirchstraße 34 (Oberstedten)
  • Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Straße 2 (Weißkirchen)
  • Gartenstraße 5 (Stierstadt)

Sirens to be tested on Saturday morning

Although the members of the fire brigade in Oberursel are usually equipped with pagers, the town also operates a system of sirens to alert them should a major catastrophe take place and the local infrastructure be affected.

These sirens were once part of a national network, but when the network was decommissioned in the 1990s the town decided to keep them and operate them locally.

The system is due to be tested on Saturday, 28th October, 2017 between 12 noon and 12.30pm.  The test signal lasts for one minute and is made up of three 12-second signals with pauses between them.

There is no cause for alarm if you hear that signal between those times!

The sirens are located at the fire stations, or in Oberstedten’s case where the fire station used to be:

  • Marxstraße 34
  • Kalbacher Straße 10 (Bommersheim)
  • Kirchstraße 34 (Oberstedten)
  • Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Straße 2 (Weißkirchen)
  • Gartenstraße 5 (Stierstadt)

Arson series solved

Detectives in Bad Homburg have solved the series of arson attacks in Oberursel which had involved setting light to rubbish bins.  In some cases the neighbouring buildings had been damaged by the blazes, with the total damage estimated at €250,000.

According to police the fires where started by a group of twelve youths who operated in different combinations, but where two in particular – a 19-year-old from Oberursel and an 18-year-old from Wehrheim – considered to be the main culprits.

The inquiry is said to be very complicated and continues.

€300,000 damage caused by fire in Bommersheim

A fire in the Lange Straße in Bommersheim resulted in not only the fire brigade, but also the police, the agency for technical relief (THW), and the local council yard being alerted.

The emergency call was received at 7pm on Wednesday, 28th August, 2013, and by the time the first emergency services arrived the object concerned – a bahn – was already in flames.

The barn had been converted to be used as a place of sotrage and as a workshop.  It contained a number of classic cars, motorcycles and tractors, owned by the owner of the building

According to the police investigation, the fire was caused by the owner by accident, when a flame shot out of the motorcycle that he was working on.

Although he attempted to put out the flames himself, he failed to do so and then called the fire brigade.  They were able to make sure that residents in the surrounding buildings were not in danger, but the barn itself was badly damaged.

A number of the vehicles were completely burnt out with estimates of the damage put at €300,000.

In total, 76 members of the fire brigade attended, with police cordoning off the  area and on-call employees from the local council yard providing the necessary signs to block off the streets.

Members of the fire brigade stayed on site for the whole night to make sure that the fire did not re-ignite.

More rubbish bins set alight

A number of rubbish bins, some of them containing paper rubbish, were set alight last week.

On the night of 5th August, 2013, several rubbish bins were set alight in “An den Drei Hasen” which caused damage to a neighbouring building.

In the early hours of Friday, 9th August, rubbish bins and a newspaper stand were set alight in the Hans-Mess-Straße in Oberstedten.  Three fire engines attended and a small transporter was also damaged by the flames.

Witnesses are asked to call detectives in Bad Homburg on 06172 1200.

Only weeks before a number of other rubbish bins and the red telephone box in the Rushmoor Park had been set alight.

Red telephone box set on fire in Rushmoor Park

The fire brigade “Oberursel Mitte” were called to the Rushmoor Park in the early hours of Saturday morning (29th June, 2013), where the red telephone box had been set on fire.

The telephone box had been in use as a library where people could go to read and either borrow or exchange books.

Both the books and the telephone box itself suffered substantial damage in the blaze which has been estimated at €1,500.  Police believe that the box was subject to an arson attack, a theory supported by the fact that a rubbish bin was also set alight on the nearby Oberhöchstadterstraße only half an hour beforehand and also had to be extinguished by the fire brigade. [Read more…]

Fire in restaurant in the Liebfrauenstraße

The fire brigade were called to a restaurant in the Liebfrauenstraße in the early hours of Wednesday morning (1st May, 2013) after smoke was seen coming out of the shutters.

The cause of the blaze, which took place near the bar but caused smoke damage to other rooms as well, is as yet unknown and detectives from Bad Homburg are carrying out an investigation.

Around 30 members of the fire brigade attended the incident, along with two police cars, and the Liebfrauenstraße was closed between the Feldbergstraße and Adenaueralle for 2 hours.

No one was injured, but the damage is estimated to be around €75,000.

Fire in the Untere Hainstrasse

A fire in an empty house in the Untere Hainstrasse caused €300,000 of damage and left the building in danger of collapse on Wednesday morning.

The alarm was raised just after 3am when a neighbour noticed the smoke in house number 13 and alerted the owner, who at first tried to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.  When he failed to do so the fire spread throughout the building and up to the roof.

The building was damaged so much, that the fire brigade declared the building in danger of collapse.  Now investigators are trying to find the cause of the blaze, however their work cannot begin properly until the buildung has been made safe.

Witnesses sought for possible arson attack

Police in Bad Homburg are asking witnesses to came forward after investigations into a fire in Oberursel on 21st December 2012 revealed that it was probably started deliberately.

The fire started at 2.10pm on that afternoon in the Dornbachstraße.  The investigation into the fire found out that the fire was probably caused by a group of youths, one of whom through a lit firework onto the balcony of the flat concerned.

According to one witnesses that have already been spoken to the group was made up of 4 or 5 youths, probably of German origin, 13 to 15 years old and between 150 and 160cm tall.  One of them was a girl with blond hair and wearing a dark jacket and light coloured jeans.  One of the boys was older and taller than the rest, with dark coloured hair and wearing a turquoise or light blue jacked and dark trousers.

The group fled via the Usastraße and it is suspected that they live near the Dornbachcenter and often hang around there.

The fire caused €60,000 of damage.

Anyone who can help with the enquiry is asked to call Bad Homburg police on 06172 1200.

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