Betliar forest fire extinguished, criminal charges filed

Firefighters have managed to put out the large forest fire near the village of Betliar (Košice Region) after five days, the TASR newswire learned from the district headquarters of the Fire and Rescue Corps on Sunday, August 11.

Firefighters have managed to put out the large forest fire near the village of Betliar (Košice Region) after five days, the TASR newswire learned from the district headquarters of the Fire and Rescue Corps on Sunday, August 11.

The fire in the 'Volovské vrchy' mountains was put out shortly after noon on Saturday. Over 50 firefighters and 20 workers from the state-run forestry company Lesy SR combated the blaze. The main fire started on Tuesday, August 8, before 14:00 in the area of Stádielko in the Volovské vrchy. Around 50 firefighters were called in from several towns, with many volunteers joining in. Helicopters were also engaged because of the rough and difficult terrain. Forest vegetation covering 27.63 hectares was consumed by the blaze, incurring material damage of at least €76,500. No one was injured.

Investigators of the Rožňava district criminal police department have launched criminal proceedings concerning the fire, Košice regional police spokesperson Jana Mésárová told TASR. “The crime was committed on Tuesday at half past noon by a so-far unknown culprit who is believed to be - though perhaps just out of negligence - behind the extensive fire in the Betliar area," said the spokesperson.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Gorilla sends Slovaks back to the streets

For a Decent Slovakia protests continued in five locations around Slovakia.

Košice protest on October 18

Nicholson: Only a naive person would believe anything has changed

A former Slovak Spectator and Sme journalist wrote a book about the Gorilla file.

Tom Nicholson

Protests will take place, Pellegrini says Fico can sleep well at night

Read the reactions to the published Gorilla recording.

Smer chair Robert Fico

Two nominees for Record of the Year released within a week

Arguably, only a handful of journalists are likely to hear all 39 hours of Gorilla, but the public will no doubt jump at some sequences.

Protests over the Gorilla scandal drew thousands into Slovakia’s squares.