CGDIS fire fighters during the operation on Wednesday 22 May 2024, in a youth home of the Caritas association in Liefrange; Credit: CGDIS via Facebook

A fire broke out on Wednesday 22 May 2024, during the night, in a youth home of the Caritas association in Liefrange; 28 young people living in it had to be evacuated and rehoused.

According to the Grand Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (CGDIS), a fire broke out in the Caritas reception facility at around 01:15 on Wednesday, in a room on the first floor. Smoke promptly spread, prompting the 28 young people and two accompanying staff who were on-site at the time of the fire to evacuate the premises.

For the remainder of the night, the evacuees were received in a community hall in Harlange, where the logistics support centre delivered camp beds and supplies to the victims. The fire had quickly been brought under control and no injuries were reported. Nevertheless, due to the damage caused primarily by smoke, the building currently remains uninhabitable.

Today, on Friday 24 May 2024, Caritas Luxembourg announced that it found a temporary accommodation solution until the summer holidays. Luxembourg’s Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, the Luxembourg Red Cross and the Municipality of Contern reportedly worked together to find this solution. The transfer will take place today, enabling the youth to have the week of school holidays to get their bearings and Caritas Luxembourg to organise final arrangements as well as their new life in the community.

By the end of the summer, the young people will be divided into smaller living groups, Caritas Luxembourg added, noting it is currently looking for premises in the north of the country that can accommodate groups of up to nine or ten people.