German investigators have determined a fatal fire at an asylum center was caused by a suicide. The finding comes as a number of refugees centers have been lit on fire by far-right groups.
Police said on Tuesday they determined a 29-year-old Eritrean lit himself on fire using a flammable liquid in his dormitory room and died from suffocation.
Thefire broke out in the three-story dormitory on Monday
. The other occupants of the refugee center, located in Saalfeld, in the eastern state of Thuringia, escaped unharmed.
Several refugees have been injured, but none killed, in dozens offar-right arson attacks on German asylum shelters
in the past few months.
Recently,two suspected fires were set in Thuringia
, one of them about 70 kilometers (43 miles) away from Saalfeld.
Germany is expecting a record influx of more than 800,000 asylum seekers this year. This has fuelled social tensions in some parts of the country, particularly in areas of relatively high unemployment.
cw/jr (AFP, dpa)