10/11 Frankfurt’s iconic Goethe Tower burns to ground in early morning blaze

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

The Frankfurt Goethe Tower was one of the financial city’s most popular attractions and Germany’s tallest wooden observation tower. Early Thursday morning the fire service were called to the scene and had no choice but to let it burn. At 3.20 am Thursday morning, the fire department was called to the Goethe Tower in Frankfurt am Main after “numerous emergency calls.” By the time the emergency services arrived, the flames were burning so high that the 43-metre tall wooden tower was considered too dangerous to extinguish, so the fire service secured the surrounding area and tried to prevent the fire from spreading. The tower is located in the Sachsenhausen part of town and according to Frankfurt city figures is the tallest wooden observation tower in Germany.It was named at its opening in 1931 for the centenary of the death of iconic writer, naturalist and academic Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  

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