Fires caused damage worth €22 million in 2016

In the first three quarters of 2016, a total of 6,623 fires were started, causing damage worth €22,376,260.

The lodge near Oravice on fireThe lodge near Oravice on fire (Source: TASR)

In total 34 people died and 149 were injured, according to the statistics of the Slovak Fire And Rescue Corps (HaZZ), cited by the SITA newswire.

Compared to the same period of 2015, the number of fires decreased by 2,556 cases; while the damage shrunk to € 7,057,055.

“More than half of all fires for the first nine months of 2016 were caused by the negligence and carelessness of adults,” firemen stated, adding that these factors caused 3,334 fires. “Of this, most fires were caused by burning off grass and dry growth – in total 985,” SITA cites the fire statistics. “Operation-technology failures caused 984 fires, and arson was responsible for 923 fires,” the firemen found.

The most fires were recorded in the Košice Region (1,170) and in the Prešov Region (1,019) with the smallest number occurring in the Trenčín Region (566). The biggest material damage was caused by fire in the Nitra Region (€4,820,960) and the smallest in the Trenčín region (€1,794,415).

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