stairway to death


It was around 11:15 p.m. when Sandra Teschner († 43) noticed that something was wrong. She opened her apartment door on the second floor, smelled acrid smoke, heard screams in the stairwell. She wanted to know what’s going on – and ran down the stairs…

What the mother of the family from Naumburg (Saxony-Anhalt) could not know: a fire was already raging on the ground floor of her apartment building! The stairwell was filled with highly toxic smoke – a deadly trap!


Sandra Teschner († 43) with her beloved husky Kira (3).  The mother of the family died in a mysterious house fire in 2021

Sandra Teschner († 43) with her beloved husky Kira (3). The mother of the family died in a mysterious house fire in 2021Photo: Maike Gloeckner

After ten steps, Teschner collapsed and died. Her son Nicolas († 20) and dog Fenja († 4) were found not far from her. All three must have suffocated.

A good year has passed since the fire drama on March 3, 2021. There was a suspicion of arson from the start. But the final clarity is still missing today!

“We don’t know whether the fire was set intentionally or negligently,” says Hans-Jürgen Neufang from the Naumburg public prosecutor’s office.


Nicolas Teschner († 20) died in the night of the fire.

Nicolas Teschner († 20) died in the night of the firePhoto: Maike Gloeckner

All that is known is that around 11:15 p.m., a resident (53) on the ground floor noticed the fire – a stroller was on fire! She tried to put it out but couldn’t and ran outside.


Fire brigade operation on March 3, 2021: The fire brigade gets the residents out of the house with a turntable ladder

Fire brigade operation on March 3, 2021: The fire brigade gets the residents out of the house with a turntable ladderPhoto: Naumburg Fire Department

The fire ate through the house at breakneck speed. 20 residents on the upper floors cried out for help. The fire brigade saved them with ladders. But for the Teschners, any help came too late.

Sandra Teschner’s husband went for a short walk with his dog on the night of the fire. When he returned, the house was on fire, his loved ones dead, his life shattered. To this day he cannot or does not want to talk about the night of the accident.


Sandra's family at the grave: mother Sigrid (73, from left), father Dieter (79), sister Ramona (50), sister-in-law Diana (38) and brother Mirko (41)

Mother Sigrid (73, from left), father Dieter (79), sister Ramona (50), sister-in-law Diana (38) and brother Mirko (41) at the grave of Sandra and her sonPhoto: Maike Gloeckner

Sigrid (73) and Dieter Krause (79) – Sandra Teschner’s parents – show BamS the grave of the two deceased. The mother says with tears: “Sandra and Nicolas had to go before us, that’s the worst.”

The father points to the meadow next to the grave: “This will be our grave site. We’ve already reserved it.” The apartment building in the center of Naumburg is still a ruin from a fire today.

The hallway eaten away by the fire – 15 apartments cleared. Sandra Teschner’s brother, Mirko Krause (41), shows BamS where the deceased were found. “I think of her every day,” he says. “I’m trying to function. But the pain doesn’t stop.”


The fire house is a ruin.  Mirko Krause showed BILD am SONNTAG the hallway where the fire broke out

Mirko Krause is stunned in the hallway where a pram was first set on firePhoto: Maike Gloeckner

Mirko Krause is a trained undertaker. He himself prepared Sandra and Nicolas for their last journey. Washed their sooty bodies, put them in their favorite sweaters.

“Police officers came to the cemetery for the burial,” says Krause. “They probably observed whether participants behaved suspiciously.”


stairway to death
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Does he believe in arson? “Yes. But maybe the perpetrator acted unintentionally, carelessly flicked a cigarette butt into the stroller.”

The family of the deceased hung a poster on the ruins of the fire with an appeal: “Anyone who can help find the perpetrator – report it to the police.”

The police investigated because of arson resulting in death, questioned residents, residents and passers-by, had the fire scene examined by experts.

But: Last week she stopped her investigation without finding anything. The culprit will probably never be found.

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