A major fire broke out in the vicinity of the village of Veľké Leváre (Bratislava region) on the afternoon of Thursday, August 8 – involving an area of some eight kilometres.
Fire-fighter and Rescue Corps Presidium spokesperson Silvia Jančovičová told the TASR newswire that the fire was first spotted around 15:00 among nearby vegetation. Before long, it spread through pine forests and headed toward the D2 highway. A total of 40 fire-fighters were deployed to combat the flames, while a helicopter and a special tank were also called to the scene. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for railway passenger carrier ZSSK Slovensko told TASR that rail transport in the area was halted and replaced by buses while international trains were diverted to other routes. This meant delays of 20 minutes for travellers.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Aug 2013 at 10:00