European briefs: Army dog kennel in Germany burns
MAINZ-KASTEL, Germany — An Army dog kennel that serves the Wiesbaden military community caught fire Friday afternoon, though neither hound nor human were seriously injured, an Army spokeswoman said.
The cause of the noontime fire at Mainz-Kastel Station is under investigation, said Teri Viedt, a spokeswoman for U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. She was told the fire was largely confined to the kennel, a pre-fabricated structure located in a fenced-in area adjacent to Army and Air Force Exchange Service warehouses.
At the time of the fire, the kennel held five German shepherd dogs, Viedt said. All of the dogs were safely removed from the building and were being evaluated by military veterinarians. The dogs are used by the 212th Military Police Company and the local Ponds security detachment.
The fire started at about 12:30 p.m. and was extinguished a little more than an hour later, Viedt said. U.S. and German firefighters responded to the call. Authorities would not say late Friday whether foul play is suspected.
Soldier fatally hit by train identifiedA soldier who died after being hit by a train Wednesday southwest of Grafenwöhr, Germany, has been identified as Pfc. Court D. Haugen, 23, of Wenatchee, Wash., according to a news release from U.S. Army Europe headquarters.
Haugen, an infantryman assigned to the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, was pronounced dead at the scene after being hit at about 4:30 p.m. near Luhe-Wildenau.
The incident is under investigation by U.S. and German law enforcement personnel.