Fire at Rumbula industrial area Thursday night

A fire broke out in Rīga, Rumbula industrial area on Thursday evening, which involved extensive rescue forces and a Latvian railway fire-fighting train. The fire was contained around 23:00, according to the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD).

At 19:41 on March 23, VUGD was informed that there was a fire in a hangar on Maskavas Street. On arrival at the scene, rescuers found one of two adjoined hangars burning near the railway.

Fire-fighting works are hampered by the fact that the nearest water-collection site is a kilometer away. Therefore, 36 firefighters with eight road tankers had to work at the site of the event, as well as a Latvian railway fire train.

The VUGD said on Twitter that personnel off-duty had to be called in to ensure the necessary number of firefighters ready for other calls in Rīga.

At 22:49 the fire was localized. 870 square meters of hangar area burned, including five cars.

Firefighters managed to keep the second hangar safe, VUGD said.

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