An eight-hour fire in a textile warehouse Tuesday afternoon in northeastern Romania spread across 1,500 square meters, destroying neighboring homes.
A Facebook post by officials with the city of Iasi states that the fire broke out about 5:30 p.m. in a warehouse owned by SC Timtex Company SRL. From there, the fire spread to the roof of a nearby home.
Due to the large amount of smoke, an alert was broadcast to local citizens via cell phone of a situation that could put community health in danger. At least one resident was transport to a hospital after a power failure cut off her medically required oxygen unit, the newspaper Libertatea reports.
At the height of the emergency more than 50 firefighters fought the spreading flames. Five fire trucks and an aerial device were dispatched to the scene.
“We will look for solutions so that those affected do not remain on the street,” Iasi Mayor Mihai Chirica posted to Facebook. Iasi is Romania's second largest city.