MOSCOW, June 2 (RAPSI) – A court in the Zabaikalsky Krai will hear a negligence criminal case against former head of the Smolenskoye village where 50 buildings were burnt in the widespread fire in 2015, causing 140 million rubles ($2.1 million) of damages to the residents, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday.
According to investigators, the accused official was not fulfilling his responsibilities as head of the settlement and did not provide adequate fire safety measures. Investigators allege that he did not provide enough water sources and fire safety equipment. On April 13, 2015 firefighters were not able to get needed water in the village and had to get water from the military base located far from the village.
Also, investigators allege that former head of the village did not take needed measures to warn residents about the incoming fire.
The accused official did not admit his guilt during the investigative process. The case was transferred to court.