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Panasonic facility damaged by fire

A LARGE fire on May 18 in a production facility owned by the company Panasonic in the eastern Slovak town of Krompachy (Košice region) caused damages of Sk16 million (€400,000), police say.

No injuries were reported. Forensic experts are investigating the accident, a police spokesperson told the TASR news wire.

It is possible the fire started on the upper floor of the building, where workers were cutting and forming iron structures using torches. The work was close to a supply of wooden boards and other flammable construction materials, a head firefighter said.

The accident happened during reconstruction works at the site, which Panasonic bought for €375,000 only 10 days ago.

Panasonic's new production halls are located close to the scene of the accident and a water screen had to be employed to stop the fire from spreading.

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