After a fire in the complex of the former Ammunition Factory in Fort Bema, the conservator of monuments notified the police about the possibility of committing a crime. He also applied to the construction supervision to inspect the condition of the historic villa. Its roof burnt down as a result of the fire.
We informed about the fire on Wednesday on tvnwarszawa.pl. It exploded in the attic of an abandoned villa at 24 Waldorffa Street. Firefighters later reported that the roof had burnt down. After searching the building, no one was found, and no one was hurt.
During the firefighting operation, the capital’s conservators of monuments, Michał Krasucki, and the Masovian voivodship conservator of monuments, Professor Jakub Lewicki, appeared on the spot. “Part of the roof truss has been destroyed. The losses are being estimated. The causes of the fire are not known,” he wrote later on Facebook.
The conservator of monuments applied for an inspection of the construction supervision
The spokesman of MWKZ Andrzej Mizera informed in an interview with “Gazeta Stołeczna” that an application for the inspection of the building had been submitted to the District Inspector of Building Supervision for the capital city of Warsaw.
– The Mazowieckie Provincial Conservator of Monuments also notified the police about the crime of destroying the monument – Mizera announced. This act is described in article 108 of the act on the protection and care of monuments. A person who destroys or damages the monument may be punished with a sentence of six months to eight years in prison.
Unofficially, “Gazeta Stołeczna” reports that in the last four weeks firefighters intervened three times in the former villa at Waldorffa.
The building at 24 Waldorffa was an element of the buildings of the former Ammunition Factory. It served as a residential function for the officers stationed there. Before the outbreak of World War II, over 1700 people worked in the factory. It produced rifle ammunition, artillery shells, hand grenades and fuses. Its area was considered to be one of the best-equipped forts in Warsaw.
Last year, by the decision of the Mazowieckie Provincial Conservator of Monuments, the building was entered in the register of monuments. At that time, the conservator wrote about “a unique example of post-military buildings”. Most of the buildings were built in the mid-1920s.
According to the findings of “Gazeta Stołeczna” that the decision of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is not yet final, and only one of the administrative buildings is currently listed in the list of monuments posted on the website of the National Heritage Institute.
The complex in Fort Bema is managed by the Military Property Agency. Director of the Regional Branch in Warsaw, Piotr Kudlicki, told “Gazeta Stołeczna” that the property is insured and “systematically secured against third party access.” So far, the building has not been put up for sale. Currently, the property is being used for its own statutory purposes of the Military Property Agency or public tasks implemented by other budgetary institutions – said Kudlicki when asked about plans for the villa.
tvnwarszawa.pl, “Gazeta Stołeczna”
Main photo source: Mateusz Szmelter / tvnwarszawa.pl