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Lithuanian experts have prepared conclusions on the cause of Riga Castle fire

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTwo experts of Lithuanian Fire Investigations Centre arrived in Latvia this Friday, January 31. They came in order to provide investigators of Latvian State Police with results of their investigation into the cause of the fire.

The fire in Riga Castle devastated the building last year.The police had promised that the cause of the fire would be known in autumn of the same year. This promise was followed up by investigation extensions, because the Lithuanian colleagues required more time for their inspection, Latvijas Avīze writes.

Director of Lithuanian Fire Investigations Centre Donats Lipinsks says the investigation process was rather complicated – experts had to travel to Riga multiple times to pick up samples for laboratory tests to calculate temperature difference in different parts of the building (this helps determine the place where the fire originated and its cause). He said: ‘Our laws prohibit public disclosure of results of such inspections. It will be hard for your investigators to put the whole picture together, because they already have results of inspections carried out by construction firms and insurers. Investigators are sure to notice which of them contain the most objective arguments.’

In response to the question regarding the cause of the fire, Deputy Chief of Public Relations Department of State Police Toms Sadovskis said: ‘Until we have received results of the investigation performed by our Lithuanian colleagues, there will be no commentaries.’

Valsts nekustamie īpašumi had previously reported that experts called in to investigate the cause of the fire had concluded that the fire originated from one of the construction zones from an open flame. VNĪ plans to request losses (EUR 6 million) to be charged from the construction company responsible for Riga Castle’s restoration – SBRE. Head of VNĪ Baiba Strautmane says both insurance companies that service Riga Castle’s insurance – Baltijas apdrošināšanas nama and BTA – have been contacted with a request to pay the insurance claim. If the construction company and insurers refuse to compensate losses, VNĪ will carry this case to court.

Head of Riga Castle Restoration Council and Director of Rundale Castle Museum Imants Lancmanis believes this matter will be taken to court, because results of all inspections have no glimmer of consensus.

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