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    Dangerous fire in Jurmala started at illegal waste dump

    RIGA, June 19 (LETA) - The vast and dangerous fire that occurred in Latvia's sea-side resort town Jurmala on the weekend had started at an illegal waste dump, Inga Kolegova, the head of the State Environment Service, said on the public Latvian Television this morning.

    She said that Prima M had been piling up its waste at the given location but the company had not obtained any permission to do so. As a result, the State Environment Service had started an administrative proceeding and instructed the company to clean up the territory by July 24. The possibility of opening a criminal proceeding against Prima M is also being considered.

    A very dangerous fire started in the Sloka area in Jurmala yesterday afternoon as plastic waste caught fire. Flames spread over the area of 1.2 hectares and consumed also a hangar, the State Fire and Rescue Service said. The fire was finally put out around 5 a.m. this morning after the firefighting operation which had lasted for more than 12 hours. About 50 firefighters participated in the operation along with a fire train of the state-owned Latvijas Dzelzcels reailway company, two water tenders sent by the State Forest Service and a helicopter of the National Armed Forces.

    The commuter train traffic in the area was temporarily suspended, and the State Fire and Rescue Service advised people to stay away from the fire scene because the smoke from the burning plastic waste could be harmful for health.

    • Published: 19.06.2017 09:54
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