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Fire Service: Violations in new Ventspils music school prevented

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In the newly-built Ventspils Musical High School and concert hall Latvija, which had problems with fire safety, the Latvian State and Fire Rescue Service (VUGD) has found in a repeated inspection that the violations have been fixed.

BNN learnt from the representative of the VUGD, Inta Palkavniece, that the fire safety violations document in a statement of June 3 have been prevented.

Palkavniece commented that officials of the fire service had issued a new statement on June 17, 2019, that the site corresponded to fire safety requirements.

Suspected corruption during construction

A bribe of EUR 7 000 was reportedly given to ensure Ventspils Musical High School is declared compliant with fire safety requirements, as reported by public broadcaster TV3 programme Nekā personīga in early June.

Construction of Ventspils Musical High School cost EUR 25 million and the building itself is to be commissioned at the end of June.

Latvian Internal Security Bureau has acquired information about an attempt to bribe the fire-fighters committee.

Investigators waited for the committee to accept the bribe and permit commissioning of the high school’s fire safety system. The bribed officials were later detained at the end of May. Among them are both deputy commanders of Kurzeme region’s State Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Mursals Kerimovs, Romāns Andrijausks, as well as two inspectors.

According to information from Nekā personīga, the size of the bribe in question was EUR 7 000. The bribe was taken by Kerimovs. Money was then divided among committee members. One of the bribed officials decided to hide the money using an interesting method – by burying it in the ground.

A new and independent committee arrived in Ventspils after the detainment of bribed officials. A new inspection was then performed in the building. The repeated inspection revealed at least two serious problems. One of them is that the distance between flue discharge deflectors is 37 m instead of 30. This means smoke during a fire will not disperse sufficiently quickly and people will be at risk of inhaling fumes.


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