Roof Of Hungarian Opposition Offices Goes Up In Flames

  • 19 Nov 2018 7:44 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Roof Of Hungarian Opposition Offices Goes Up In Flames
The roof of a four-storey building in Budapest’s 6th district caught fire last Saturday afternoon, the Budapest Disaster Management Directorate confirmed, the building housed the offices of the opposition Democratic Coalition (DK).

The 400sqm roof structure of the building on the Teréz Ring Road was in flames and around 40 firefighters with ten vehicles extinguished the fire.

There were no reports of injuries, Péter Kolozsi, deputy spokesman of the Budapest Disaster Management Directorate told MTI. The cause of the fire will be investigated, he added.

Earlier in the day an extractor fan in a restaurant kitchen located on the ground floor caught fire but this was extinguished by firefighters. It is not yet known whether the two fires are linked, Kolozsi said.

Sándor Rónai, DK’s spokesman, told MTI that the building houses the offices of DK parliamentary representatives and the party’s foundation, and the fire affected the floor where these offices are located.

He said DK had no information about the cause or the circumstances of the fire. “There were no staff members in the offices at the time of the fire and we are not aware of any personal injuries”.

All of DK’s offices were destroyed in the fire which affected the building’s 5th floor, he said. It has caused serious material damage but no personal injuries, Rónai added.

MTI Photo: Mihádák Zoltán

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