The fire was announced on Tuesday at around 1:15 p.m., the fire department announced the third level of fire alarm out of four. They localized the fire in about three and a half hours.
The multi-purpose hall with an area of approximately 70 by 40 meters was not completely affected, about one third of the building, where around 80 bulls were housed, was saved. The structural engineer called confirmed that the condition of the hall is bad and there is a risk of its collapse.
“The fire alarm level was downgraded from third to second after 9:00 p.m. At the same time, special equipment of the Emergency Department of the HZS of the Czech Republic arrived at the scene of the incident. A crawler excavator was sent from the Jihlava base, with the help of which firefighters removed parts of the roof covering of the hall, so that it was possible to get directly to the outbreaks,” said Martina Götzová, spokeswoman for the regional fire department.
The two bulls ran away
On Tuesday, more than ten fire brigades responded to the scene, and their number gradually decreased.
“During the morning, deployed units were further reduced and the fire alarm level was reduced to first. The fire protection units were on site all night and the intervention will continue throughout the day,” said Götzová.
According to her, the rest of the stored straw is left to burn in a controlled manner after agreement with the owner. After the structural engineer said that the hall was in danger of collapsing, no one was allowed to enter the area of the affected hall.
“Firefighters are protecting the unaffected third of the hall with stables for animals from possible spread of the fire,” the spokeswoman added.
Two people were slightly injured in the attack, one of them a volunteer firefighter. Firefighters took the stabled cattle outside, no animals died. The intervention took place under the supervision of veterinarians and representatives of the veterinary administration, two bulls escaped from the fire at the very beginning of the event and moved around the village, later they were caught. Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to surrounding buildings.
HZS investigators are looking into the cause of the fire. Damage was tentatively set at five million crowns. The protected values, especially the removed livestock, are in a similar amount.