Eight reported dead by fire in the Czech city of Brno | News

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Czech authorities announced Thursday that eight people died as a result of a fire reported in the city of Brno, located 200 kilometers southeast of Prague (capital).


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According to local fire services, the fire started around 0200 local time (0000 GMT) in prefabricated buildings in the city and was finally extinguished around 0700 local time (0500 GMT).

The rescue service reported that the fire “has tragic consequences. We found eight victims inside," while indicating that the cause and amount of damage are still under investigation.

Police said the victims were likely homeless people who occupied the construction containers of a project planned for the next few years.

For his part, the Czech Prime Minister, Petr Fiala, published on his social networks that he regrets the tragic fire, meanwhile, he offered his condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims.

In turn, the mayor of Brno, Marketa Vankova, described the incident as "a great human tragedy". She also thanked the firefighters who fought the flames for several hours.

In 2010, a fire in an abandoned building occupied by homeless people in the Czech capital left nine people dead.

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