The night fire of an apartment in the village of Handlová in Slovakia claimed four lives.

The fire was reported an hour after midnight from Wednesday to Thursday. All rescue services intervened on the spot and the entire building was evacuated.

“Unfortunately, the rescuers could no longer help the four people,” police said. According to the noviny.sk website, the victims include two women and two men found by firefighters on the stairs of a block of flats.

“An hour after midnight we woke up to knocking on radiators and pungent smoke. We woke the children up and wanted to leave the apartment building. It was no longer possible to climb the stairs, so they had to save us with a platform. It was stress, “Lucia told us.sk. Other residents got out of the apartments over the balconies by ladders.

The night fire of an apartment in the village of Handlová in Slovakia claimed four lives.

Photo: Slovak Police

38 firefighters with 17 pieces of firefighting equipment intervened on the spot. Two firefighters were slightly injured in the attack. The damage caused is estimated at 400 to 500 thousand euros (9.9 to 12.3 million crowns).

About 150 people were evacuated from the building, which was taken care of by the city management. This was confirmed by the mayor of the town Handlová Silvia Grúberová.

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