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Vao refugee centre set on fire in Estonia

BC, Tallinn, 03.09.2015.Print version
Early Thursday morning, the exterior wall of the only Estonian refugee centre in the Vao village in Lääne-Virumaa county was set on fire; no one was hurt in the fire, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.

The police began to investigate the crime.


The Rescue Centre received a call at 4:31 a.m. that around 10 square metres of the wall of the centre was on fire. Rescuers extinguished it in around ten minutes but to make sure there were no other sources of fire, they had to open the wall and the extinguishing work ended at 5:44 a.m.. There was no smoke or fire source indoors.


Rakvere police station head Indrek Link said that while no one was injured in the course of what happened, this is an extremely serious incident. "There were over 50 people in the house during the fire, 13 of whom are children. Thus, the consequences of the incident could have been very serious," said Link.


The police is investigating the case. When the culprit is convicted, the Penal Code provides for a financial punishment or up to five years in prison.


The accommodation centre of asylum seekers in the Vao village houses over 70 people.

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