UPDATED: Death toll of the Prešov tragedy has increased to eight

The police detained six people.

(Source: TASR)

The death toll of the December 6 gas explosion in a block of flats in Prešov has increased to eight. Seven people have already been found, while the search for the eighth still continues.

Though the town’s representatives first reported nine victims, the firefighters later denied the information, the Korzár daily reported.

The police informed at a briefing in Prešov that the regional investigator has launched a criminal proceeding for the crime of general endangerment. Six people have allegedly been detained in this respect, Korzár reported.

“People responsible for the field works that are linked to the tragedy and are a subject of further investigation and examination have been arrested,” said Jana Ligdayová, spokesperson of Prešov’s regional police department, as quoted by Korzár.

The media outlets have already reported that the explosion may have been caused by the reconstruction work on a gas network. The pipeline could have been perforated, which caused the gas to rise to the top of the building.

Government approves the help

Nearly 90 professional and 29 voluntary firefighters fought the fire, using 40 pieces of firefighting equipment. The fire was extinguished around 7:00 on December 7, the SITA newswire reported.

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The town’s representatives allowed the evacuated inhabitants of nearby buildings to return to their flats, but only to take their personal belongings while being escorted by the police. This does not apply to the inhabitants of the building where the gas exploded and the closest block of flats, the statics of which have been damaged, Korzár wrote.

Meanwhile, the government approved €1 million in aid towards the situation in Prešov, which PM Peter Pellegrini had promised a day before. The money will be used to stabilise the building and help the affected families. The government is also ready to increase the sum if necessary, SITA reported.

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