The prosecutor’s office has completed its investigation into the fire in which Maja Lidia Kossakowska, a fantasy writer, died a year ago. The expert determined that the wooden house was spreading rapidly, and the writer, who was on the first floor, had no way to escape.
– The investigation was discontinued due to the signs of a prohibited act – Katarzyna Skrzeczkowska, spokeswoman for the Warsaw-Praga District Prosecutor’s Office, told us.
She recalled that the proceedings concerned “the unintentional bringing of an event in the form of a fire in which one person died”.
Opinion of an expert on firefighting
On May 24 last year, before 3 am, firefighters received a report about a fire in Stare Załubice (Mazowieckie).
As we heard then, there was a fire in the summer house. By the time crews arrived, it was fully engulfed in flames. There was also a man on the property who reported that a woman remained inside. Unfortunately, after extinguishing the flames, firefighters found her charred body in the rubble.
As it turned out later, the house belonged to the writer and her husband – Jarosław Grzędowicz, also a fantasy writer, winner of the Janusz Zajdel, creator of the “Lord of the Ice Garden” series, translator of literature and comics.
She had no way to escape, the fire quickly took over the house
The house where the couple lived, according to the prosecutor’s office, had a wooden structure and was heated by a fireplace. On May 22 last year, the couple arrived at the plot with the intention of staying there until the fall. They usually spent the whole summer there.
The evening before the tragic fire, their relatives visited them. There was a fire in the fireplace. After that, the couple stayed in the cottage just the two of them.
The fire, according to the prosecutor’s office, appeared before 3 a.m. According to the investigators’ findings, the husband tried to put out the fire with a garden hose, to no avail. After that he could no longer go inside because the building was completely occupied by fire.
A firefighting expert was appointed in the case. He noted that due to the wooden structure, the fire spread very quickly, and the writer, who was on the first floor, “was unable to evacuate”.
– However, due to the state of the fire, it was not possible to determine what was the cause of the fire – admits Katarzyna Skrzeczkowska.
The summer house was a source of inspiration for them
Maja Lidia Kossakowska, Polish fantasy writer and journalist, called “the first lady of Polish fantasy”, was 50 years old.
Fabryka Słów recalls that Kossakowska made her debut in 1997 with the story “Mucha”, published in the magazine “Fenix”.
The publishing house in Kossakowska’s biography wrote that her books were inspired by mythologies and beliefs from around the world, and the writer specialized in angelology.
The publishing house also writes that “the author’s most famous novels make up the ‘angel cycle’, whose heroes are the angels”. “He also has books based on the beliefs of the Yakuts – “Ruda Sfora” or Japanese mythology – “Takeshi” and books completely departing from the study of religion.
Kossakowska emphasized that the summer house in Stare Załubice was the place where many works of the marriage were written and a source of inspiration. “In the spring I see a cloud of white flowers, in the summer red, tempting fruits. And a whole lot of birds, of course. Most often they are starlings, who steal as much as they can, second only to gangs of jackdaws with sequin eyes and huge voracious beaks. […] It’s definitely a better view than a wall or a parking lot looming behind a wet window,” she said in an interview with Booklips in 2017.
Main photo source: Jakub Pietrzak, WWL 112