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SFRS: saving the relics of the National History Museum is top priority

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Some of the items stored in the National History Museum of Latvia were damaged in the fire that broke out at Riga Castle yesterday. Thankfully, the items that were damaged can be restored, Culture Minister Zaneta Jaunzeme-Grende notes.

Nothing was lost in the fire. Some relics were damaged more than others, some were damaged slightly, the minister said in an interview to LTV.

According to her, the relocation of the museum’s stores to safe rooms was initiated during the night. She added that the relics will also be moved this Friday.

The recent fire at Riga Castle was the most serious one to ever break out in the capital. The fire has been localized, but fire fighters remain at the scene, as the Chief of the State Fire and Rescue Service Oskars Abolins said in an interview to LTV’s Labrīt, Latvija! Programme.

He added that the section of the castle that houses the President’s Chancellery was damaged the most – 3 200 m2 large area was ruined.

Abolins believes the SFRS responded quickly to the call. He says the fire fighters did their best in localizing the fire.

According to the Chief of SFRS, the fire fighters knew very well that their top priority was to save the relics stored in the museum. This is why they did their best to keep damage to a minimum there. Deputy Manager of the President’s Chancellery Aleksandrs Bimbiruls added that as soon as investigators and experts finish their work, workers of the President’s chancellery and the museum will be able to enter the premises and assess the damage.

According to him, the Military Police is still stationed at the site. They will be the first to enter the building after fire fighters finish their work.

BNN previously reported that 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.

The fire’s aftermath:

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