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Warsaw,Poland Major Bridge Up In Flames 2/14/15
« on: February 15, 2015, 08:57:43 AM »
http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/197087,BREAKING-Warsaw%E2%80%99s-Lazienkowski-bridge-up-in-flames

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Warsaw,Poland Major Bridge Up In Flames 2/14/15
« on: February 15, 2015, 08:57:43 AM »

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Re: Warsaw,Poland Major Bridge Up In Flames 2/14/15
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2015, 11:23:41 AM »
It was a really important bridge with heavy traffic and two bus lanes allowing for the quick access to downtown area from the eastern part of the city.

The bridge has reinforced concrete supports and rest is/was made of steel. Unfortunately, service deck under the bridge was made from wooden boards. It was supposed to be replaced by other materials. The company which was retrofitting the bridge removed asbestos from the deck and some of the wooden boards. Then, they -- surprise, surprise -- stored that wooden boards under the bridge. The company also hired two guards, one of whom disappeared at the time of the fire and was later found by the police at the unspecified location. He was completely drunk.

If anyone is interested, there are photos from the fire on the official Warsaw Fire Department website:

http://www.warszawa-straz.pl/index.php/interwencje/2146-14-02-2015-pozar-pomostu-technologicznego-mostu-lazienkowskiego

And here is my translation of the text on that site (in the [ ] brackets are my comments):

At approx. 05:35PM Warsaw Fire Department received a call about fire under the Łazienkowski Bridge. [It was on the eastern bank of the Vistula River.]

At the arrival, first units encountered wooden board storage burning directly under the bridge. Fire quickly spread to the deck under the bridge.

Immediately after arrival, more units were called and those already on scene began extinguishment operation. With the additional units deck guns and one tower ladder were utilized. Fire was spreading to the west. When it spread out of range of the land units, small fireboats from the Fire Station 1 were utilized [and they weren't too efective].

With more and more resources the extinguishment operation continued from both riverbanks and boats.

Whole operation lasted almost 38 hours.

Not mentioned in the above press release:
-- on the scene, there were approx. 144 firefighters from Warsaw and neighbouring towns,
-- fire was under control after 12 hours,
-- apart from the small fireboats, a barge from the waterworks company had to be called on which firefighters loaded deck guns,
-- the decisive factor was sending firefighters to the deck from the west riverbank and attacking the fire with foam, the boats weren't as effective,
-- fireboat bought two or three years ago wasn't used and rumor is that it's useless,
-- there was a small fire at approx. 01:10PM, but fire department spokesperson claims it was thoroughly put out and there is no connection between these two fires.

Now, after the fire bridge is closed and rehabilitation/rebuilding is supposed to take several months (one or two years). So, south-eastern part of the city is *****.

To conclude, the investigation is ongoing.

And here are two videos from the scene:

« Last Edit: February 22, 2015, 12:07:48 PM by Lucas »

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Re: Warsaw,Poland Major Bridge Up In Flames 2/14/15
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2015, 12:07:17 PM »
Lucas...Thanks for the update

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Re: Warsaw,Poland Major Bridge Up In Flames 2/14/15
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2015, 02:24:56 PM »
No problem, mikeindabronx!

I should also add that fortunately there were no injuries nor fatalities.

And "funny" fact -- in 1975 there was almost identical fire on the same bridge (which was opened in 1974). That time, the fire started on the west side and it was some shanty which caught fire and spread it to the bridge. One would think that people in charge would learn a lesson, wouldn't they?

 

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