Early on May 8 firemen were called to a blaze at the former premises of the Matador tyre factory in Bratislava. The fire, at the complex in Kopčianska Street, spread to an electrical transformer station, which exploded. A nearby wooden building, a car and the surrounding brush then caught fire, the TASR newswire reported.
About ten people from surrounding buildings had to be evacuated. Eighteen fire-fighters fought the fire for five hours. One man had to be treated for smoke inhalation, but no other casualties were reported. The damage caused is yet to be calculated.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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