Bystanders watch as a fire engulfs a former hotel being converted for refugees in Germany

Police said on Sunday, bystanders celebrated a fire destroying a former hotel that was being converted into a refugee home in eastern Germany.


Authorities said no one was injured but a group of people gathered outside of the hotel shouting “derogatory remarks or unashamed joy” at the suspected arson fire.


The fire hit a roof of a former hotel building in Bautzen, in the eastern state of Saxony, home to the anti-Islam and anti-immigration group PEGIDA.


Police said they temporarily detained two people in their twenties said to be intoxicated after they ignored the order by authorities to leave the scene of the fire.


Investigators reported finding traces of a fire accelerate and believe the fire was caused by arson.


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