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Police detain suspect in arson of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra building

The fire at the building owned by Kyiv Pechersk Lavra began due to the burning of mattresses
15:22, 15 January 2019

One of the buildings of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra architectural complex is on fire, January 14, 2019
The State Emergency Service of Ukraine

A suspect in the arson of the building owned by Kyiv Pechersk Lavra was detained. He turned out to be a homeless person, as Andry Kryshchenko, the Head of Chief Department of Kyiv National Police reported on Facebook.

It turned out that the fire occurred due to a 24-year-old homeless man. He entered the facility under the influence of alcohol and burned the mattresses, which were in one of the rooms.

Facebook Andry Kryshchenko

According to the police, the arson is not connected with the religious belief.

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The detainee faces up to ten years of the imprisonment due to the arson.

As we reported, the fire occurred in one of the buildings on the territory of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra on January 14 at 4:17 p.m.

Later the rescuers localized it and dismantled the roof of the building to get to the seat of fire on the second floor. It was reported that the fire started at the lab complex, where the restoration work took place. The rescuers have extinguished fire the same day about 20:00.

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Later, the police have begun the investigation of the arson of the second floor of the building owned by Kyiv Pechersk Lavra.

Earlier, we reported that the fire occurred at ‘Karpatnaftokhim’ factory in Kalush city in Ivano-Frankivsk region; 20 units of equipment and 110 rescuers were involved in extinguishing works. 

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