Firefighters will fight a fire on February 21, 2022 in a residential complex in Essen, Germany. (Stephan Witte / KDF-TV / dpa via AP)
Berlin — Authorities said the three were taken to the hospital after a massive fire broke out in an apartment in the western German city of Essen early Monday, inhaling smoke.
According to the fire department, about 100 people have been evacuated from the building, about the same as the number of people who lived there, news agency dpa reported. About 150 police officers were dispatched to fight the fire.
The cause was not immediately apparent, but gusts from the latest in a series of recent storms that struck Northern Europe appeared to have spread shortly after the fire broke out early in the morning.