Firefighters were busy over Christmas holidays

Firefighters have had a lot of work during the holidays, State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) spokeswoman Viktorija Gribuste told Latvian Radio in an interview on December 27.

One person has died in a fire, 4 have been injured in fires and 6 rescued.

Between December 22 and December 27 morning, VUGD received 234 calls, of which 56 were fires, 124 rescue work, while 54 were misleading.

If compared to the previous year, the number of calls was the same, but more people were affected and rescued, Gribuste noted.

The reasons for the fires this Christmas were no different from daily calls - mostly caused by careless handling of fire, faulty electrical appliances or misuse of heating equipment.

Gribuste said that on average only one in three homes affected had a smoke detector installed.

Meanwhile, rescuers received an unusual call on Saturday, December 23, near Aizkraukle, where an elderly man had gone to the woods to get a Christmas tree and got lost. Rescuers, using a drone and following footsteps in the snow, found the man and took him out of the woods.

Meanwhile, there have been no casualties on the ice during these holidays.

As the New Year approaches, Gribuste reminded apartment building residents to make sure there were no combustible things on the balconies so that if pyrotechnic articles fell into the balcony, it would not catch fire.

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