20 Sep 2017 14:58

Odesa authorities promise to name causes of tragedy at Victoria children's camp

ODESA. Sept 20 (Interfax) - Odesa Mayor Hennadiy Trukhanov has promised to publish all documents related to the construction of the buildings at Victoria children's camp, where children recently died in a fire.

These documents, including designs and cost estimates, are now being collected, the mayor said at a meeting of the Odesa city council on Wednesday. The mayor's office will publish all these documents in order to inform the city what caused the tragedy, Trukhanov said.

"We will answer this question directly and honestly," Trukhanov said, adding that this is also being done to prevent manipulation by various political forces.

The session of the Odesa city council opened on Wednesday amid a rally demanding an investigation into the tragedy in the children's camp. Some 400 people gathered near the city council. They are trying to force their way into the session.

Police are keeping them from getting inside the building. That has already caused a clash between protesters and police, in which tear gas was used.

The police have tightened security near the Odesa mayor's office due to expected unrest.

According to earlier reports, the fire in the camp Victoria began around 11:30 p.m. on Friday. The flames fully destroyed a two-storey wooden building where 42 children were located at the moment of the fire. Firefighters found the scorched remains of two children in the debris. One girl is missing.

Two 11-year-old children were hospitalized.

The police have opened a investigation into the violation of fire-safety regulations established by legislation.

Victoria is a municipal children's camp. Some 5,000 children spend their vacations there with funding from the Odesa city budget every year.