Four Poles killed in house fire in Germany - MFA

Four Poles have died in a fire at a house in Lambrecht, Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany, Poland's Foreign Ministry's press office told PAP on Saturday, adding that the identity of the fifth victim is being established.

"The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Cologne is in constant contact with the police in Neustadt, which is conducting an investigation into the fire," the Foreign Ministry also said. Information on the victims was handed over to the Polish authorities in line with the relevant procedures. The victims' families have already contacted the consulate," the press office added.

Earlier on Saturday, a spokesperson for the local police announced that all five victims of the deadly fire are probably Polish citizens, whereas on Friday, the local prosecutor's office reported two Polish citizens among the fatalities.

The police spokesperson underlined that the bodies will be positively identified only after DNA tests are concluded in the following week. The victims are two women and three men.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, but negligence or a technical defect cannot be ruled out.

The blaze broke out on Thursday night, and for the time being there is no indication of foul play.