Christine Lambrecht announced her resignation as defense minister on Monday. But the SPD politician was also very excited on Sunday. The Advent wreath burned in her Berlin apartment – and the fire brigade had to move in.

Even apart from her resignation, the weekend of Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht went differently than planned. There was a fire in her Berlin apartment on Sunday. This was reported by the Berliner Zeitung, fire brigade circles confirmed the report.

According to the newspaper, Lambrecht is said to have extinguished her burning Advent wreath herself. Witnesses had called the police because of the smoke in the early afternoon. The fire only opened the windows in the hallway so that the smoke could escape from the apartment. There should not have been any injuries.

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, who has been under criticism for months, is taking the consequences and resigning. In a statement by the minister on Monday, she asked Chancellor Olaf Scholz (both SPD) for her dismissal.

The question of succession initially remained unanswered. Deputy government spokeswoman Christiane Hoffmann announced that the chancellor would regulate this “promptly”. This is expected to happen as early as this Tuesday. Lambrecht did not admit to her own mistakes in her statement. Instead, she cited media coverage as the reason for her resignation.