Tuesday, August 20 2019 17:14
Ani Mshetsyan

Minister of Emergency Situations personally supervises fire  extinguishing at ``Dzyunik Sarnaran`` cold storage warehouse in  Yerevan

Minister of Emergency Situations personally supervises fire  extinguishing at ``Dzyunik Sarnaran`` cold storage warehouse in  Yerevan

ArmInfo. The fire extinguishing operation at the Dzyunik Sarnaran cold storage warehouse  is under the personal control of the Minister of Emergency Situations of  Armenia Feliks Tsolakyan, the press service of the Ministry of  Emergencies of Armenia reports.

 According to the source, 11 appliance crews of the Ministry of  Emergency Situations work on the spot, and firefighters have been  fighting fire for more than a day. The 4th and 5th floors of the  warehouse are still in fire. In a conversation with reporters, the  Minister explained why the fire still could not be put out or at  least localized. According to Tsolakyan, the whole problem lies in  the building itself.

"There are practically no windows in this building, in turn, it has  very thick walls, assembled from light materials, which are covered  with cement on top. Thus, the fire caught the walls themselves," he  stressed.

Moreover, the Minister noted that the fire on the 3rd floor was  already completely extinguished. Tsolakyan also drew the attention of  journalists to the fact that the main problem is related to the fifth  floor, where the temperature reaches 1000 degrees Celsius.

"At the moment, rescuers in suits that can withstand up to 800  degrees are periodically trying to get to the fifth floor. However,  unfortunately, we have not really succeeded in this matter so far. If  we can advance ten centimeters on the fifth floor, we will be able to  localize the fire." the Minister of Emergencies stressed, noting that  in extreme case, the fire can be put out from above by making a hole  in the roof.

As for the causes of the fire, according to Tsolakyan, one should  wait for the results of the examination, although he did not exclude  the possibility of exposure by the human factor.

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