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Top degree fire alert declared in Prague district

Staff Writer | May 9, 2018
A top degree of fire alert was declared over the fire that broke out in a factory plant in the Hostivar district in Prague earlier on Tuesday, said firefighters' spokesman Martin Kavka.
Europe   120 firefighters are still trying to extinguish the fire
Pressure cylinders in the burning hall caused explosion. According to Kavka, the fire is still not under control and not exactly localised, and about 120 firefighters are still trying to extinguish the fire on site.

He said the hall is likely to have been a store for plastic foam. The local fire hydrant network collapsed in the place. A shuttle transport brought water to the scene, a helicopter also helped, said Kavka.

Prague rescue service spokeswoman Jana Postova said one firefighter was hospitalised over exhaustion.

The fire is now threatening a joiner's workshop located nearby. The neighborhood around the fire has been blocked off and the traffic in adjoining streets were partly closed by police.

So far, no injuries have been reported. Nine police officers and one women were examined over the suspicion of having inhaled carbon dioxide, but they did not have to be hospitalised.

In Czech Republic, the top (fourth) degree of fire alert will be declared if a fire threatens over 1,000 people or the areas of over 1 square kilometre.