Several cars damaged in a blast in Rezekne

  • 2020-04-20
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - At 5 a.m. on Monday, there was an explosion in Rezekne city, damaging a minibus and nearby cars, Diana Selecka, a resident of a nearby residential building, told LETA.

She said that the police are working on the site and asked local residents to evacuate. "The police officers arrived at 8 a.m., asked residents of the nearby building to put on some warm clothes and evacuate. As far as I know, there are no injured people in the blast," said Selecka.

The State Fire and Rescue Service confirmed in a conversation with LETA that rescuers this morning received a call and are now patrolling on the site.

State Police Latgale regional department representative Gunars Paskevics told LETA that the police received a call after 4 a.m. today from the building's residents about the explosion in one of the transport vehicles, damaging nearby cars and the buildings door and wall.

"There are no victims in the blast, the residents have been evacuated for the time of investigation on the site," said Paskevics.

Rezekne city council spokesman Karlis Poznakovs said that a minibus, parked next to a five-storeyed building with 50 apartments and 79 residents, exploded. The police in the morning asked the local government to provide a bus where the evacuated residents could stay.

We provided a bus and three residents used it. They were taken to a school where the school director provided them with warm tea and coffee.

Poznakovs said that the police is working on the site and a criminal procedure has been launched. The blast damaged the minibus and nearby cars, as well as a wall of the apartment building.