Suspicions of arson over Thursday's fire in Rīga

The house on Valmieras Street in Riga may have been set on fire maliciously, as the house was scheduled to be auctioned and caught fire twice within a week, the Riga City Council's Housing Privatisation Commission has stated.

The Housing Privatisation Commission is currently preparing and collecting information for the State Police with a request to investigate the causes of the two fires at the property. They occurred a few days apart, on May 21 and 23.

The Commission believes that the fires in the property may have been caused by arson.

The property had been managed in accordance with the rules and fenced off from unwanted access. According to the information provided by the municipality, the property at Valmieras Street 24 regularly receives calls from interested parties requesting further information and viewing opportunities.

Representatives of the Municipality's Housing Privatisation Commission inspected the property and concluded that the damage caused by the fire is not so significant as to stop the auction process. The property is scheduled to be auctioned on July 3.

The building used to be a shared house for different social groups, but since 2016, due to its technical condition, it has not been fit for habitation, so the Riga City Council warned the tenants of the residential premises about the termination of the residential lease contracts and offered the tenants of the shared house to rent other residential premises.

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