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Limbecker Platz in Essen: The building has been evacuated!  Police on site

Limbecker Platz in Essen: The building has been evacuated! Police on site

Shocking moment at Limbecker Platz in Essen! The shopping center in the heart of Butstadt is currently being evacuated. Sirens sound at the site, where police, rescue workers and firefighters are present.

At approximately 5:45 p.m., the fire alarm suddenly went off. Hundreds initially gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Limbecker Platz shopping center in Essen, but were then expelled by stewards wearing yellow vests. A crowd of people also gathered across the street in front of the Cinemaxx cinema.

Limbecker Platz in Essen: Evacuate the shopping center!

The Essen Fire Department has now arrived and is exploring the situation. A police officer at the site told DER WESTEN: “It is not clear whether this was a technical fault. It is now clear: the fire alarm was triggered.” However, why exactly is still unclear. The Essen Fire Department confirms that the fire alarm system triggered the evacuation plan.

Limbecker Platz in Essen was evacuated. The background is blurred. picture: the West

It's also not entirely clear when customers and pedestrians will be able to enter the building again. When the police officer was asked, he said: “Any time was out of the question.” A Saturn employee informed der Westen: “You cannot come today. There was a fire alarm and there was said to be a technical fault.”

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And more: “We don’t know how long this will take. There was no further information. And now you're standing here, freezing outside.”