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One man injured in fire of former Czech ammunition dump

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Rataje, South Moravia, June 15 (CTK) – One employee was injured in a fire that broke up during the technological process of explosive production in a former military ammunition dump complex in Rataje Monday, police spokeswoman Simona Kysnerova has told CTK.

“A part of one building caught fire. A 50-year-old man suffered injuries,” she added.

No one reported blasts on the spot unlike the fires in the ammunition dumps in south Moravia last year. Rataje Mayor Antonin Rikovsky confirmed it to CTK.

The fire hit only part of the storehouse and firefighters managed to control it after 19:00. Neither the cause of the fire nor the damage extent are known yet.

The storage facility belongs to the Prague-based STV Group company trading in military materiel and making explosives for civilian use in Rataje, Rikovsky said.

The complex of dozen buildings is situated about two kilometres of residential houses.

The military used it from the mid-20th century and it was privatised in the 1990, after the collapse of communism.

STV Group also used the complex in Vrbetice, south Moravia, where two ammunition dumps exploded last year. They were leased by the Imex Group firm. Two of its employees died in the first blast.

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