Zurow/Massow/Krakow am See (dpa/mv) - In the sweltering heat, fire brigades had to move out to several field and vehicle fires in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Wednesday. As police and fire department spokesmen said on Thursday, there was total damage of several hundred thousand euros, and nobody was injured.
In the evening near Zurow (Northwest Mecklenburg), a combine harvester caught fire during the harvest. The fire was extinguished before the flames spread to the grain field. A grass and bush area burned near Krakow am See (Rostock district) and the flames also caught a piece of mixed forest. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in an area of about four hectares. The causes of the fire are unclear.
For unknown reasons, a rye field caught fire near Massow (Mecklenburg Lake District). The flames spread over two hectares and engulfed a holiday home that was unoccupied. The house burned down. The damage was estimated at around 160,000 euros.
Other smaller field fires were reported from Karrenzin near Parchim and Palingen (Northwest Mecklenburg). A truck caught fire in Grambow near Schwerin. The driver's cab burned out. Here, too, the cause and the extent of the damage are unclear. Temperatures in the north-east reached up to 39 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. In the north-east, the highest warning level five has been declared in two forestry offices in the south-western regions of Ludwigslust and Parchim. In the neighboring forest offices, level four applies, i.e. high fire risk.