Police and firefighters have completed their search for the victims of a blaze that broke out in a two-storey boarding house in Kysucké Nové Mesto (Žilina region) in the early hours of Friday, August 3. They said the final death toll is almost certainly nine.
The fire started at about 2:00 Friday. According to Žilina Regional Police Chief František Posluch, out of the 11 people initially reported as missing, the bodies of seven were found on Friday, and two more on the following day.
"We've located nine charred bodies, meaning two people are still unaccounted for," he said. "The inspection of the scene has been completed, however, and it is impossible that the missing people could be inside."
Police identified two men and two women among the victims. Forensic experts will carry out autopsies next week, and will attempt to identify the remaining five bodies from their DNA.
Nine people were injured by the fire.
Žilina regional police launched an investigation into the cause of the fire, Posluch said.
Žilina Police spokesperson Jana Balogová reported that 64 people were evacuated during the blaze and provided emergency housing.
The boarding house was built by the town's authorities to house low-income families, most of whom were Roma. According to a list, 80 people lived there.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Aug 2007 at 14:50