Výstaviště fire blamed on technical fault and explosion of flammable liquids

20-10-2008

Police have said that the fire which destroyed part of Prague’s historic Výstaviště Industrial Palace on Thursday night was most likely caused by a technical fault, which then ignited cans of flammable liquid being sold in the venue by the firm Pragodent. A police spokeswoman said on Monday that the fire broke out on the first floor of the Industrial Palace, where the flammable liquid in question was being stored. The said cans of dental disinfectant exploded when they came into contact with the flames, intensifying the blaze. The damage caused is thought to run into billions of crowns. It is not yet certain whether the Industrial Palace will be rebuilt.