The charge against a 38-year-old man after a fire in the stairwell of a block of flats in Tarnów (Lesser Poland). According to the prosecutor’s office, the adopted qualification of the act is “not necessarily final”. The man initially pleaded guilty, but claimed that he did not expect such consequences of his actions. According to unofficial information, the 38-year-old caused the fire because he had a grudge against his ex-girlfriend. 12 people were hospitalized.
– The perpetrator was charged that on the night of May 31 to June 1 in Tarnów, by setting fire to an item stored in the stairwell, he brought about an event threatening the life and health of many people and property in large sizes in the form of a fire in a residential block. As a result, it caused serious damage to two people’s health – in the sense of a real life-threatening disease, in the form of acute smoke and carbon monoxide poisoning, which resulted in loss of consciousness – told PAP spokesman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Tarnów, Mieczysław Sienicki. The charge is based on Articles 163 and 156 of the Penal Code. As Sienicki explained, fire and deliberately causing grievous bodily harm are classified as a crime – this is punishable by imprisonment for at least three years. The man acted in conditions of recidivism, so the penalty may be higher. – This qualification of the act is not necessarily final. We will investigate the issue of intent, it is possible that a referral for psychiatric examination will be necessary – added a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.
He said he did not expect the results of his actions
On Friday evening, the man was still being questioned. – It should be presumed that a request will be made to the court for pre-trial detention, because we are dealing with a dangerous perpetrator – Sienicki said on Friday. The 38-year-old initially pleaded guilty, but claimed that he did not expect such consequences of his actions. According to an unofficial PAP source, the man set fire to the block because he had a grudge against his ex-girlfriend, one of the residents of the building – for having reported it to the police when he took her phone.
Fire in a block of flats in Tarnów. 12 people were hospitalized
The 38-year-old is a resident of Tarnów, but currently has no permanent place of residence. – Man is known to Tarnów policemen, is a multi-recidivist, previously responsible for crimes against life and property, such as robberies, thefts and burglaries – said the press officer of the Tarnów police, Paweł Klimek, on Thursday after the arrest of the suspect. He added that the suspect had not previously been responsible for arson, but investigators did not rule out his involvement in fires that had previously occurred in the area. The fire broke out on Wednesday at approx. 23 in a block of flats at ul. Industrial. Thirty-six residents were evacuated, 12 of whom had varying degrees of carbon monoxide poisoning. The fire was primarily in the stairwell, smoke entered the apartments. According to the firemen’s information, the fire started in the trolley room on the ground floor. According to the Tarnów City Hall, all the victims were provided with assistance on the spot and then transported to hospitals in Tarnów, Brzesko and Dąbrowa Tarnowska. The mayor of Tarnów, Roman Ciepiela, was present at the site of the fire. The city provided a bus so that evacuated residents could warm up, blankets, warm clothing and hot drinks were provided. All evacuated people who did not go to their families or friends were given the opportunity to temporarily take shelter in the Crisis Intervention Center and the building of the former school dormitory.
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