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Lecture hall 205 of the University of Marburg after the collapse of the ceiling


Markus Farnung / dpa

Pictures show rubble, a ceiling beam lies diagonally over several rows of chairs: In a building of the Philipps University of Marburg, the ceiling of a lecture hall collapsed on Sunday night. The fact that no one was injured was only due to the time of the accident.

At the weekend, the entire ceiling suspension in lecture hall 205 of the so-called Landgrave's House, which houses part of the law department, apparently came off. The hall has 400 seats.

"The cause is still unclear. It is currently being investigated," a spokeswoman for the university said on Monday. It is obvious that "at least one of the suspension points of the ceiling must have given way," said the president of the university, Thomas Nauss. No people were harmed. No one was in the building at the time of the collapse. Initially, several local media outlets had reported on the incident.

As the »Hessenschau« reports, the fire alarm first went off during the night, whereupon the fire brigade and the fire protection officer of the university arrived. During the night, a ban on entering the building was imposed.

Constantly in use on weekdays

Pictures of the scene of the accident illustrate what could have happened: piles of rubble lie on the seats of the lecture hall. "We are very happy that no one was injured in the collapse of the ceiling," said Nauss. Normally, lectures take place there almost continuously from Monday to Friday. The last one before the accident was on Friday at 18 p.m. "We were very lucky that it didn't happen during the week," said Nauss.

Currently, the Landgrave's House is closed, its statics are being checked, the spokeswoman explained. It is unclear whether other parts of the building are affected and how long it will have to remain closed. Teaching at the Faculty of Law will initially take place online. Initially, the spokeswoman could not make any statements about the amount of damage caused. According to the university, the building, which was built in 1924, houses several lecture halls and seminar rooms as well as offices of the Faculty of Law.