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The Big Fire in the Presidential Castle, Riga
Place: Riga, Latvia
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One of the oldest buildings in the center of the city - the presidential palace of Riga got on fire on 20.06.2013. The area of fire was more than 3 thousand square meters. The fire was extinguishing during all night, it got possible to localize only in the morning. At first, the flame engulfed the roof, then partially collapsed upper floor and attic. One person was injured. Because of fire the center of Riga remained without electricity. According to the examination, the cause of the fire could be repair works going on in one of the rooms of the castle. A criminal case was initiated.
Riga Castle (now the presidential palace) is one of the most significant monuments of medieval architecture in the city. The construction of it started far in 1330, during its long history, the castle was rebuilt many times, but its present form was reached in the 60s of the 19th century. In present-day Latvia Riga Castle is the Presidential Palace, the official residence of the President of Latvia, several museums and archives are also located here. In autumn of 2012 large-scale repairs in the castle started, as the building was in very poor condition.
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