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Devastating fire at Riga Castle ruins 3 200 m2 large area

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After more than five hours of work, fire fighters managed to localize the fire that broke out at Riga Castle this Thursday, June 20. A large area of 3 200 m2 was ruined as a result.

As reported by the State Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) press-representative Viktorija Sembele, the fire was localized at around 03:53 AM. Even though the fire has ceased spreading, fire fighters remain at the scene.

The roof of the building and the ceiling were damaged the most in the fire – the flames destroyed a total of 2 400 m2 there.

According to the State Police, traffic was restored along the November 11 Waterfront between the Stone and Cable Stayed bridges at 04:45 AM.

On Thursday, at 22:21 PM, the SFRS received word that the roof of the Riga Castle is burning. Upon arriving at the scene, fire fighters concluded that the total burning are is 50-100 m2. However, the flames became stronger shortly after.

All Riga region fire fighting resources were called in to assist. Their colleagues from Jurmala also decided to assist. Even one of Riga Free port’s tugboats was called in. There were problems with water supply and with the old machinery the fire fighters were using. One fire fighter got poisoned by carbon monoxide while working inside the castle.

After inspecting the museum of Riga Castle, it was concluded that the fire and water could pose a serious risk for the items of national cultural value stored in the museum. Skonto Buve Chairman Guntis Raivis said that it is too soon to speak of the total damage done to the castle by the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Police. Criminal proceedings have been initiated.

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  1. jj says:

    Obviously an insurance job :-)

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