Fire Damages Future Refugee Home in Eastern Germany

February 21, 2016 11:46 AM

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BERLIN — Onlookers celebrated as a suspected arson fire damaged a former hotel that was being converted into a refugee home in eastern Germany, police said Sunday, raising new concerns about violence toward migrants in a nation that registered more than a million asylum-seekers last year.

The blaze in the roof of the building in Bautzen, in the eastern state of Saxony, broke out overnight. Police said no one was injured but a group of people gathered outside, some of them "commenting with derogatory remarks or unashamed joy" at the fire.

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