Fire in the Pskov Kremlin

Pskov Kreml

Pskov Kreml - Source: RIA Novosti

RIA Novosti:

MOSCOW, April 28 – RIA Novosti. A fire that broke out on Wednesday night, destroyed the roof and the wooden structures of two of the seven towers of the Pskov Kremlin, which is a monument of architecture the representative of Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia in the Pskov region told RIA Novosti.

“The fire started Tuesday around half past eleven at night. Passers saw the burning roof of Vlasyevsky tower and reported it to the guard service”, – said representative of the MOE.
According to her, at the arrival of firefighters Vlasyevsky wooden roof of the tower was burning openly and the fire began spreading to the Rybinsk tower.
“They failed to stop the further spread of the fire. The fire lead to sever damage to roofs and the wooden structures of the two stone towers”, – a representative of the agency said.
According to her, fighting the fire was hampered by the considerable height of the towers – the Vlasyevsky tower, which has suffered more, is up to 30 meters, Rybinsk – is about 20 meters high.

In the region in recent days there was no significant rain, so the dry wooden structures burned pretty quickly. Fire in the Pskov Kremlin was extinguished by about 40 people with 11 items of equipment, including two trucks and telescopic ladder.
“Right now, fire shed wooden structures. Carrying out investigative steps to determine the cause of the fire,” – said the representative of the MOE.

Pskov Kremlin – is a historical and architectural center of Pskov. An architectural monument located on a narrow and high promontory of an area of about three hectares, at the confluence of the rivers Pskov an Velikaya.

Troytzky Sobor

Troytzky Sobor - Source: Wikimedia

The Trinity Cathedral, Троицкий собор, which is inside the Pskov Kremlin, was not damaged by the fire.
Currently, there are investigations ongoing as to the cause of the fire. While authorities have called on people not to rush to judgments as to the cause of the fire, the media are forwarding two possible causes: Arson and electrical equipment malfunctioning.

The history of the Trinity Cathedral goes back at least to the 11th century, according to Wikipedia.

Some nice pictures of the Pskov Kremlin are at RIA Novosti.