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Cigarette butts and empty fire extinguishers found in the attic of Riga Castle

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUInvestigators currently have three possible theories as to what could have caused the fire in Riga Castle. Also, cigarette butts and two empty fire extinguishers were found in the attic, Panorāma programme of LTV reports.

One of the theories is careless handling of fire. Cigarette butts were found in the attic. It is strictly forbidden to smoke anywhere on the premises of Riga Castle. Doing so will result in a fine of LVL 100. It is possible, however, that construction workers came to the attic for a smoke, so that they would not have to leave the building. The attic is not equipped with smoke detectors.

The second theory is damaged wiring.

The more realistic possibility of the fire breaking out is the use of angle grinder – as construction workers were cutting through ventilation shafts sparks from the metal could have fallen on dry materials. Two empty fire extinguishers were found. This could mean construction workers may have tried to deal with the fire on their own. SBRE representative Didzis Putnins offered no commentaries on the matter: “We are not allowed to enter that area. There are multiple versions circulating at the moment. Until we receive the conclusion of experts, I will not bet on anything.” When asked whether his workers could have been working with an angle grinder, he said they are not allowed to use tools that can cause a fire.

The State Police is handling the investigation. “Experts have initiated investigations. The area is being inspected. We cannot offer any additional information at the moment”, – Deputy Chief of State Police Beata Labinska notes.

Lithuanian specialists are also taking part in the ongoing investigation. The Lithuanian Fire and Rescue Service contacted Latvia and offered help.

Panorāma also reports that the current humidity of the building is so high that paint peels off walls and metal items have started to rust. The museum will require at least LVL 40 thousand to dry and restore the rusty items.

The museum’s exhibition hall no longer has a roof. It originally housed an exhibition – 100 items of national value – unique and expensive items. On the night of the fire, workers of the museum managed to save the relics at the very last moment. It was nothing short of a miracle – the Director of the museum recalls. Dirty water ran from the hole in the ceiling. The damage caused by the water will cost at least LVL 40 thousand to restore. Nearly 40 thousand items of historic value are at risk because of the humidity in the building. Thankfully, historians are certain – all of them can be restored.

Restoration work cannot start in the building, because the supply of electricity has been cut. It is not clear when it will be restored.

BNN previously reported that a fire broke out in Riga Castle on June 20. The fire completely devastated a 3 200 m2-large area of the building.

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